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Feb 10, 2016

Ray Cattouse Weighs in on Cycling Controversy

Ray Cattouse

The firestorm caused by the threat to fine and suspend Kaya Cattouse to compete in races organized by the Belize Cycling Federation, has not subsided. The well known cyclist has not spoken publicly, but has received support from various sectors for lamenting on her Facebook that female and junior cyclists were being marginalized from the races. With the clock ticking and races quickly approaching, this afternoon, Kaya’s father Ray Cattouse, a cyclist and team owner had his say on the controversy.

 

Ray Cattouse, Owner, C-Ray Cycling Club

“Coming up the Digicell Classic C-Ray Cycling Club, will not field a masters team, we noh wah field a junior’s team and we noh wah field a female team. We will only field an elite team because Brandon is not being affected, but Kaya is being affected, and my junior guys are being affected. I as a master is not being affected, but I will support them. We are fed up and tired of the federation trying to muzzle you; di jump behind a code of conduct that you sign and because you sign that that means you must not have a point of view. That’s my take on that; because I sign a code of conduct, I must not have a point of view. The President of the Federation lied to us for the Digicell Classic. He said to us that there will be no female and junior tour this year because that is the wish of the sponsor and that to me is out of order. With those words from the president, we said what we said about Digicell because anybody ina fi we position would have said so. At this point in time, one week after this thing is going on, I am starting to want to believe that maybe the president wasn’t lying because until now Digicell can’t come up and say yet that we never say so. Either that or Digicell is trying to protect the president. Either way, Mister President of the Federation is to simply to see that the different federations around the country are having races for all the members—juniors, females, elite and masters. That is a part of his job; his job is not to try to do what he is doing right now to micromanage Belize Central and wants to run the day-to-day affairs and race-to-race affairs of Belize Central. That is not his job. His job is to see that cycling is happening in the country, is happening under the rules, is running the way it is supposed to run, the different federations around the country is doing what they are supposed to do. That is his job.”

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