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Feb 8, 2018

Cattouse Says There’s Lack of Transparency under Leslie’s Presidency

Kaya Cattouse

Cattouse has since taken to social media to vent her frustrations with the Cycling Federation.  She outlines a number of issues, including a lack of transparency under Leslie’s presidency.


Kaya Cattouse, Female Cyclist

“From what I can see, the Cycling Federation definitely needs to have more races.  For myself and the C-Ray Cycling Club, we have more races for the year than the Cycling Federation.  Things like these definitely need to change.  They really need to look into things, I mean, having six or seven classics a year is really not acceptable from a federation.  So if it weren‘t for other clubs or other people interested in cycling, having races, we would only have six or seven races for the year.  I mean three hundred and sixty-five days and only racing seven of them, that is totally unacceptable, you know.  Thanks to Santino Castillo having his Thursday races, my brother Brandon Cattouse having his Saturday races, this is how we can actually have more races and our cyclists can actually be more race ready because in cycling, people who know about it know that in preparing for a race you literally have to be racing and not only training.  That‘s why half the time when foreigners come to Belize they are at a different level from us because they come race ready, they are training.  The development of women and youth in cycling definitely needs to be given much more attention.  I have taken on having two different youth development programs over the last four years, the summer series for kids from ages three to eighteen and the high school series for high schools within the Belize District and this is something that has brought more women and junior cyclists into the sport.  This is the way to literally get people involved and have them start racing.  What is my federation doing to encourage youth, to encourage women to get into cycling, you know.  This is something that they need to look at as well.  The national team selection.  There is no transparency as it relates to national team selection.  We have no idea how the national team is selected.”


Tariq Cano is challenging what he says is the lack of accountability and says the federation has postponed elections, which should have been held in November of 2017. 

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