Thursday, July 07, 2005

Gibraltar Champion dropped from Island Games squad

Badminton • Association back decision by coach

David Chevasco, current Gibraltar men’s singles and doubles champion, has been dropped from the Gibraltar squad leaving tomorrow for the Xth Island Games in the Shetland Isles – and he is not happy about it.

In a long and detailed letter to the Chronicle critical of the Gibraltar Badminton Association, the player feels that he has been unfairly treated by local badminton team coach Bob Brooks.

The problem arose when David said that he would not be attending a squad training session which was organised for the Gibraltar team on June 30th, in preparation for next week’s Island Games.

Instead he preferred to train at the Benalmadena Badminton Club, the second best in Spain, where he would play with the likes of Crespo, a Spanish Olympic player. The following morning David was informed, by phone, that he would be withdrawn from the squad for the Shetlands.

David recently became the first Gibraltarian to get the better of long-time Gibraltar men’s singles champion Ivan de Haro who had been almost unbeaten for the past 15 years, in the recent Gibraltar National Championships.

In the absence of GBA President Linda Alvarez, already departed for the Games, association secretary Ivan de Haro, told the Chronicle that the GBA Committee had instructed its members that “all matters regarding selection policy and coaching sessions were vested in the National Coach Robert Brooks,” and that they had “every confidence in his decisions, which they supported wholeheartedly.”

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