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Feb 4, 2016

CFB Threatens to Suspend Kaya Cattouse

Well known cyclist and sports enthusiast Kaya Cattouse has been threatened by Cycling Federation of Belize President Dion Leslie. In a letter sent to Cattouse Tuesday, Leslie accuses her of breaching three areas of the Federation’s code of ethics, namely – respect for others, respect for self and respect for the Federation. Leslie goes on to write that if Cattouse does not cease and desist, she will be fined and suspended. It’s a very stern letter to one of Belize’s best premier cyclists. So what did Cattouse do to deserve such a sanction? Well, about the only thing we can come up with is that on her personal Facebook page Cattouse criticized B.T.L. and threatened to switch to Smart. In a nutshell, B.T.L. is the title sponsor of the Digicell Valentine Tour scheduled for next weekend. Last year that tour was a two day multi-stage event for all cyclists, but this year it’s different. Female and junior cyclists will have to make do with a one day race while Male Elite cyclists will participate in a four day five stage race. On her Facebook page Cattouse wrote, “I’m starting to wonder now if DIGICELL is partnering with the federation and discriminating against riders based on their age and gender. Seemingly only males above the age of 18 are recognized digicell customers. Maybe I need fu dash weh my B.T.L. phone!! And convince my fellow female and junior cyclists and all dey pickney weh ah teach fu go smart.” And that, it seems, was that. Cattouse declined an interview today.

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