T&T gymnast Williams testifies injury that kept her out of Olympics was 'workable'

By Sports Desk September 20, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams has testified that the injury used to rule her out of competing for the country at the 2016 Rio Olympics was a ‘workable’ situation.

Williams was replaced by fellow competitor Marissa Dick by the T&T Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) in the lead-up to the Games, which led to public outcry in some arenas and an eventual lawsuit from the discarded gymnast.

In over four hours of cross-examination for lawyers representing the TTGF Williams was asked whether she sustained an ankle injury in the warm-up for the event.  The gymnast denied being injured but admitted she suffered some discomfort in the joint.

"It was a bit un­com­fort­able but was work­able," Williams told the court.

The athlete testified that such an injury would not be unusual for top athletes and could have been due to a busy schedule.

"We train and condition our bodies to take the strain. It would not be a strain after time because of muscle memory," she said.

The attorney, Justin Junkere, pointed out that William’s coach John Geddert and the federation's physiotherapist Nicole Fuentes both raised concerns the regarding the potential for an underwhelming performance due to injury.

Williams claimed Geddert was being overprotective in raising the concerns in an email to the federation, which it claims was the basis of its decision.

"Coaches tend to be very anxious and cautious when it comes to meets of such grandeur," Williams said.

In his cross-examination, who is representing the federation, questioned Williams over her claim that the federation's executive was biased against her even before the event.

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