Rugby's participation at this year's Central American and Caribbean( CAC) Games is still to be confirmed by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee( TTOC).
According to Chef de Mission for the CAC Games Mushtaque Mohammed Rugby must complete a final beep test as not all the players have met the TTOC fitness standard.
All the other team sports and athletes nominated by their respective national sport organisations have completed the TTOC's selection process.
The TTOC held its final Beep test on the week end. But the Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football (TTRFU) requested an exemption as the national team was due to participate at the Harvard 7s rugby tournament .
Mohammed confirmed that the TTRFU have been given a further extension and will have until Wednesday 14 July to complete the selection process.
" I am confident that rugby will be okay. They only have three athletes out of their nominated list who are short of the requirement.The process started since October last year so everyone has been given ample opportunity and notice." said Mohammed. The CAC Games rugby 7s will be held in Guyana 24-25 July and the T&T team is scheduled to depart home on the 21st July.
Mohammed ,however,leaves on Wednesday (14 July) for Puerto Rico is confident that the historic T&T contingent is well poised to have a successful medal campaign.Trinidad and Tobago is sending its largest ever contingent to a CAC Games.
With CONCACAF withdrawing football from the Games. The T&T men and women football teams will not be part of the team.
Mohammed although disappointed said that it was within the remit of CONCACAF to take whatever decisions it felt was in the best interest of football.
" I am sorry for the football teams as I was confident that they were both capable of making it to the podium. Puerto Rico is facing some challenges in respect of hosting the Games. In that context they were not able to satisfy CONCACAF that the desired facilities and logistics were available."
The TTOC has contracted two charter flights to airlift the over three hundred strong contingent to Puerto Rico.