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Stranded TT players look to return home tomorrow | Sports

President of the Jamaica Desk Tennis Affiliation (JTTA), Andrew Lue, is hoping the 15-member delegation stranded within the Dominican Republic following the six-day Caribbean Youth Desk Tennis Championship will get to journey house tomorrow.

The younger gamers and different delegation members have been attributable to fly house on Thursday however have been pressured to stay within the Dominican Republic due to a one-day industrial motion by the Jamaica Air Visitors Controllers Affiliation.

The JTTA boss mentioned he’s working with the president of the Dominican Republic Olympic Affiliation (DROA), Juan Villa, the Ministry of International Affairs, the Ministry of Sport in addition to the Jamaican embassy to e book the earliest flight potential.

The following out there flight out of the Dominican Republic is tomorrow and Lue is hoping to get affirmation of their departure by right this moment.

“Mr Juan Villa has been super in getting us the lodging right here on the Olympic hostel. He additionally bought us transportation from the airport (when the flight was cancelled). He may also assist us get to the airport when our flight is confirmed.

“I’ve spoken to the Ministry of International Affairs who contacted the embassy right here and the chargé d’affaires reached out to me.

“We hope we will get a flight confirmed through diplomatic channels. The chargé d’affaires is working to get us a flight out at the earliest possible date. The first available flight with regular space is on Sunday,” Lue mentioned.

He identified that the rapid want is meals, as they need to be funding meals from their pockets and funds are working skinny. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Sport has promised to reimburse the members on their return house, Lue mentioned.

“Since yesterday (Thursday) we now have been ordering meals and going to the grocery store. All bills need to be funded out of pocket by people and the affiliation.

“We are looking to get some financial assistance and the Ministry of Sport has assured us that any expenses incurred will be reimbursed when we reach home,” the JTTA boss mentioned.

He added that the athletes are dealing with the state of affairs effectively however are wanting to return house.

“They are not too badly affected. They are making the most of the situation here at the Olympic hostel. There is a pool and games room and they are making the most of the facility until we can leave,” he mentioned.

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