Back in the early sixties, when it became known that high-altitude Mexico City would be staging the 1968 Olympic Games, the estimable but irascible Chris Brasher declared in The Observer: “There will be those who die...!”

Canada-based gymnast Marisa Dick may have qualified for the Rio Olympics but that may not be the end of the matter.

Yesterday the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis said his organisation had the “sole and final and exclusive” authority for the composition of the T&T team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) replaced Dick with Thema Williams on the eve of the Aquece Rio Test Event Sunday on the grounds of injury.

But Williams and her team, including her coach John Geddert and her lawyers, are disputing that assertion and indicated she received medical clearance.

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Countries will have their final chance to secure qualification to the Rio 2016 gymnastics competition when the Olympic test event gets underway at the Rio Olympic Arena tomorrow.

Truth, wisdom dictates, must invariably lie towards the middle of two polar opposite views. So if two sides are telling you something completely different about a given topic, you can be fairly sure that neither are totally right and neither are totally wrong.

Gold in the Olympic football has never mattered quite as much to the host nation as it does in 2016 to the Brazilians. Although they have lifted the FIFA World Cup a record five times and have the unique distinction of taking part in every World Cup tournament, they have never been crowned Olympic football champions.

Countries will have their final chance to secure qualification to the Rio 2016 gymnastics competition when the Olympic test event gets underway at the Rio Olympic Arena tomorrow.