Trinidad and Tobago athlete Quincy Wilson is suing the National Association of Athletic Associations over what he claims is the association’s negligence which caused him to become injured thereby losing the ability to earn, to train and prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The suit was filed in Trinidad and Tobago's High Court of Justice on Monday. Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Crys­tal Paul, and Ja­son Jones are representing the disaffected athlete.

The 28-year-old Wilson is an eight-time national champion and holds the national record of 59.65m. He has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CARIFTA Games and in 2011 won a bronze medal at the NACAC U23 Championships in Mexico.

In late July, on or about the 28th, Wilson was competing at the national championships. He stepped into the ring and executed two throws. Two other throws were fouls. However, on his fifth throw, he slipped and fell.

According to court documents obtained by Sportsmax.TV, Wilson suffered shock and severe pain, a meniscal tear in his right knee, pain in both knees. He subsequently experienced psychological damage, mental anguish and a loss of quality of life.

Wilson claims his subsequent inability to train has affected his mood and personality, and he is unable to carry out his household chores and his responsibilities as a husband and father.

He blames the NAAA in that they or their employees painted or covered the discus circle with the wrong substance making it slippery. He also claims that the NAAA failed to ensure that the discus circle was at the requisite standard of safety and that they failed to inspect the circle prior to his accident.

Wilson also claims, among other things, that the NAAA failed to use a certified IAAF official to inspect the circle.

As a result, he wants the NAAA to pay for or facilitate his rehabilitation, cover his lost wages. He is also seeking compensation for the loss of opportunity to compete professionally and possibly attracting sponsors.

Noted sports attorney Dr Emir Crowne is warning regional professional cricketers to be wary of dubious establishments seeking to represent them.

Lawyers representing the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) are proceeding to initiate legal action against noted attorney Dr Emir Crowne after the latter refused to apologize for alleged defamatory comments he made about the commission in  August this year.

Noted sports attorney Dr. Emir Crowne will not be apologizing to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) for comments he made about the commission in the days leading up to the anti-doping hearing involving Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams.

Dr. Emir Crowne, who represented Briana Williams during her anti-doping hearing last month, is facing legal action from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), who claim they have been defamed by the noted attorney.

The anti-doping hearing involving Jamaica’s teenage track star Briana Williams concluded on Tuesday without the independent disciplinary panel setting a time or date for their decision, a development that has caused concern for the athlete’s representatives.

WhosWhoLegal has selected Trinidadian/Canadian attorney, Dr. Emir Crowne, as one of the best sports lawyers in the world. He is the first Caribbean sports lawyer to be recognised in this manner.

Noted sports attorney Emir Crowne has declared that the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling against two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya is a “dangerous intrusion into the personal autonomy and bodily integrity for any sporting body to regulate the natural physiology and biochemistry of an athlete.”

He is of the view that it should be “struck down.”

Crowne, who sits on International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, Sport Resolutions, was expressing his personal views on the matter after the CAS Arbitration Panel unanimously found the IAAF Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athletes with Differences of Sex Development) (the “DSD Regulations”) to be discriminatory.

However, the panel split 2-1 in finding that “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means of achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics…”.

Put simply, Dr Crowne said, the DSD Regulations mandate that female athletes with naturally elevated levels of testosterone reduce their testosterone level to less than five nanomoles per litre. The reduction, according to the IAAF, can be achieved through oral medication.

“Calling it a ‘slippery slope’ would be too kind. It is a sharp cliff,” Dr Crowne said.

“If we start with regulating women’s testosterone, do we then move on to athletes with naturally elevated creatine levels or red blood cell counts? Do we pass a rule banning children with scoliosis from competing due to health and safety concerns?

“I’m certain that the IAAF, or any other well-meaning sporting body, could find “scientific” evidence to demonstrate the possible harm to a child’s development if they were allowed to train and compete with scoliosis. It would all be done in “good faith” with the commendable goal of protecting the rights of the child.”

He suggested that there could even elements of racial bias in the IAAF’s policy that Semenya challenged.

“Like rule changes in any sport (cricket being a notable example), the DSD regulations – which only apply to female athletes competing in the 400m to 1-mile events at international competitions – are presented as being ‘formally’ neutral. Substantively, however, the regulations target Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba: two black women.”

“So where does this leave us?” he asked.

“Despite its laudatory name, the “Court” of Arbitration for Sport is not a Court. It is a private arbitration body.

“Decisions of CAS are appealable to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. Appeals are generally limited to breaches of procedural fairness, natural justice or public policy (which includes a prohibition against discrimination). That prohibition (against discrimination) is said to be limited to instances involving “sex, race, health condition, sexual preference, religion, nationality or political opinions”. The DSD Regulations directly discriminate on the basis of health condition, and substantively discriminate on the basis of sex and race. If appealed, I am unsure how such regulations could be upheld.”

In sum, Dr. Crowne reasoned, the DSD Regulations directly discriminate on the basis of health, indirectly discriminate on the basis of sex, indirectly discriminate on the basis of race and directly intrude into an athlete’s life, liberty and security of the person.

“It is a terrible policy tainted with illegality that must be struck down,” he concluded.

Noted sports attorney Dr. Emir Crowne is in the hunt for lawyers from across the Caribbean for his newly formed sports clinic that was launched late last week.

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