By Neto Baptiste
Veteran cyclist Sean Weathered is questioning his exclusion from the cycling federation’s list of riders that will represent Antigua and Barbuda at the 2022 Commonwealth Games from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, UK.
Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo sports show, Weathered said he has had a more successful year than both Jyme Bridges Jr and Conor Delanbanque who make up the two-man team.
“So far for the year and before the cycling accident occurred with myself and the other guys, this has been my main goal for training and so far I have won most of the races on this island.
“If you were to tally points then I am the top cyclist on the island. I didn’t win the nationals, I came second right behind of Jyme and it wasn’t a blowout, it was a straight finish to the line. Conor Delanbanque did not take part in the nationals and I am not hitting any cyclist; that’s just the facts, and Jyme Bridges have not submitted any of his rides for the year. So, if you take the two persons who were selected, they didn’t meet the criteria that the executive set forth,” he said.
Reports have indicated that age may have played a role in the 45-year-old cyclist’s omission from the team. Weathered said, however, that he has received documentation from both the NOC and organisers of the Birmingham games disputing the notion.
“To go further, I reached out to Birmingham to confirm if there is any age limit set for the games and I have a copy of that letter, too, which states there is no age limit. The NOC has the right to implement age limits but not six weeks before the games. If I had known that my age is a factor then I would not have been competing so hard, I wouldn’t have gotten knocked down, Andre wouldn’t be in the hospital for today because we would not have been out there training so hard,” the cyclist said.
Weathered believes his omission is personal, suggesting he is not well liked by some within the federation’s executive.
“Cliff Williams is not a fan of Sean Weathered, St Clair Williams is not a fan of Sean Weathered because Sean Weathered will tell you exactly what he thinks. It’s not personal, but I will call a spade a spade and persons have said ‘you shouldn’t go’, but if you work you want to get paid and I’ve worked for it. I didn’t sit down and ask for something I don’t deserve,” he said.
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Federation, St Clair Williams, is expected to respond to Weathered’s claims during Friday’s edition of the Good Morning Jojo’s Sports Show.