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Njisane Phillip Thread
« on: May 31, 2010, 09:59:09 PM »


Phillip ranks third in the world
Published: 1 Jun 2010
T&T cyclist Njisane Phillip is currently ranked third in the world in the Individual Sprint according to the International Cycling Union. The 19-year-old won a silver medal in the event during the Pan American Track Championships in Mexico three weeks ago, finishing behind Canada’s Travis Smith who occupies the number one spot with China’s Miao Zhang on 170 points.

Phillip’s 130 points places him in a tie with South Korea’s Dong Jin Kang while world number one in the Kilometre Christopher Sellier, the only other Trinidadian in the top 30, is ranked 17th with 20 points. Phillip and Kang also share the number seven position in the Keirin with 90 points each.

In the Team Sprint, T&T’s trio of Sellier, Phillip and Azikwe Kellar is ranked fifth behind Columbia, Japan, Venezuela and China respectively. Kellar is 30th in the Kilometre Time Trial while Adam Alexander is 34th in the Scratch and 19th in the Omnium. (NC)

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Kidney problem for Njisane
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 11:12:46 AM »
Kidney problem for Njisane
Trinidad and Tobago ace cyclist Njisane Phillip remains hopsitalised in California, United States with what has been described as a kidney-related problem.

Phillip was hospitalised at the California Hospital Medical Centre on Friday with stomach pains but was to be moved to a specialist hospital.

Yesterday, Phillip’s stepfather, a guarded Phillip Whiteman confirmed that the cyclist had a kidney problem but added that there was “no muscle damage” to Njisane and that he was not on dialysis.

Whiteman added that tests are still being run on his stepson since the cause of the problem had not yet been ascertained.

Yesterday, some of Phillip’s fellow atheletes, including world champion 400 metres hurdler Jehue Gordon tweeted their support, Gordon encouraging people to keep the cyclist in their prayers.

Phillip is coming off major success in 2013 when he became the first T&T cyclist to win a medal in the UCI (International Cycling Union) World Cup series winning silver in the match sprint event in Manchester which he followed up with a new national and Pan American record of 9.643 seconds in the Flying 200m which is the qualifying event for the match sprint at the Aguascalientes leg of the World Cup in Mexico last December.

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Re: Kidney problem for Njisane
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 08:57:25 PM »
Njisane suffers kidney failure
T&T Newsday Reports
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Tuesday, January 7 2014

AFTER being admitted to the California Hospital Medical Centre in Los Angeles on Friday last due to unsettling stomach pains, national cyclist Njisane Phillip, was told by doctors on Sunday evening that he has kidney failure.

Last week, the prominent athlete was taken to the medical institution by his manager Peter Maharaj, after complaining of serious stomach pains. His sickness was previously thought to be a kidney infection, but on Sunday, the Olympic rider was then moved to a specialist hospital in LA, where doctors made the surprising revelation to Phillip. After multiple tests were done, doctors disclosed that Phillip had too much protein in his system and his kidneys were overloaded. Kidneys are essential in the urinary system and also function to regulate electrolytes, maintain acid-base balance and regulate blood pressure. Dialysis is a procedure that is a substitute for many of the normal duties of the kidneys, but, it was last night revealed that Phillip is not on dialysis.

According to the doctors, the TT athlete may have been consuming too much protein foods or supplements, a case they have commonly come across with athletes. However, it is still unclear to these medical practitioners as to what exactly is causing the blockage in his kidney. Doctors have since made the decision to conduct a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) today in an effort to reveal the main source of Phillip’s problem.

Speaking with sources close to the situation yesterday, it was revealed that Phillip is in better spirits since his pain has decreased over the past few days.

“The good news is that there is no evidence of rhabdomyolysis. This is the breakdown of muscle fibres that leads to the release of myoglobin into the bloodstream. Myoglobin causes kidney damage. Thankfully that was not the case with Njisane,” they explained.

After two days of being unable to eat, doctors revealed that the Rigtech Sonics representative was able to have a small meal on Sunday night and another light meal yesterday. He is also responding and talking much better as compared to Friday and Saturday. Doctors are hopeful the MRI test will provide the needed answers today.

Meanwhile, Phillip’s step-father, Phillip Whiteman, will be flying to California today, to be at his bedside. He will be accompanied by a representative of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago. Speaking with Whiteman yesterday, he wanted to acknowledge all of Phillip’s supporters who have sent their well wishes to the ailing athlete. Whiteman said he has been receiving several tweets and other messages from fans and other athletes throughout the world, lending support to the 22--year-old.

He also openly thanked the Islamic Broadcasting Network’s Sports Reel presenter, Reza Abas Ali, for sending him a prayer from the Quran. This brought him to tears.

He added, “This is the kind of support that he has been receiving. Mr Abas Ali knows I’m not Muslim, but it’s the principle behind it. His message brought me to tears because his concern for my child was blatant, but so welcoming. Thank you to all who send their well wishes and we pray for a speedy recovery for Njisane.”

Last Monday, Phillip returned to his California, USA-base, to resume training ahead of this month’s UCI World Cup and February’s World Championships. To date, it is unclear if the promising athlete would be taking part in either of these world renowned meets.
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Re: Kidney problem for Njisane
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 08:31:47 AM »
From this in January ... good to see him back in action  :beermug:
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Re: Kidney problem for Njisane
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2020, 05:00:19 PM »
CAS: Honest mistake by cyclist Phillip.
By Keith Clement (Guardian).

Panam decision to strip T&T of medals upheld

The decision by Panam Sports to strip Trinidad and Tobago of two of its medals won in cycling at 2019 Lima Games in Peru in July/August because of claims of a failed drug test, has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sports on Tuesday in the matter involving T&T cyclist Njisane Phillip vs Panam Sports following.

According to a Panam Sports release, after confirming the decision of the Panam Sports Ad Hoc Disciplinary Commission of November 15, 2019.

In its 2019 Boxing Day release, the Panam Sports organisation indicated that the Men’s Team Sprint gold and Men’s Individual Sprint medals have been since reallocated after positive doping result. The latest development means that in the Men's Individual and Team Sprint event, the gold medal has been awarded to Colombia, the silver to Mexico and the bronze to Peru, while Nicholas Paul keeps his Men's Individual Pursuit gold medal.

T&T's total medal count has now been reduced from 13 to 11 overall.

The T&T sprint team comprised - Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul, Kwesi Browne and Keron Bramble.

At the games, Trinidad and Tobago had secured a one-two finish with Paul and Phillip at the event after Paul beat Phillip in a best –of- three ride-off for the gold medal on Aug. 3, 2019.

In the semi-finals of the match sprint, Phillip got the better of Canelon while Paul cruised past Quintero for the right to contest the gold medal race.

The new results for the team sprint event also showed Colombia taking the top position at the expense of T&T, ahead of second-placed Mexico and third Peru.

However, according to the Panam Sports release yesterday, "Panam Sports wishes to state that the prohibited substance found in the sample provided by Mr. Phillip is not considered a performance-enhancing substance and believes that regardless of the award by the CAS that confirmed the decision of the Panam Sports Ad Hoc Disciplinary Commission, Mr. Phillip had no intention of cheating or having any unfair advantage over his competitors. Panam Sports believes that Mr. Phillip is an honest athlete that made a mistake and that he is committed to learn from the experience."

Meanwhile, CAS confirmed the following:

* That athlete Njisane Phillip did commit, during the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, an anti-doping rule violation contrary to Article 2.1 of Panam Sports Anti-Doping Rules on account of the presence of a prohibited substance in a sample provided by him.

* To disqualify the results obtained by the athlete during the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and order the forfeiture and return of the gold medal won in the team sprint event and the silver medal won in the individual sprint event, both in the sport of cycling.

* To disqualify the result obtained by the Trinidad & Tobago team in the team sprint event of the sport of cycling held on August 1, 2019, during the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and order the forfeiture and return by all of the team members of the gold medals won in this event.

Also, Panam Sports would like to express that it will continue its efforts in the fight against any kind of doping in sport and welcomes the response of Mr. Njisane Phillip with regard to the award, in which he asserts that in spite of the offence, he condemns all kinds of doping in sport.

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Re: Njisane Phillip Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2020, 09:08:25 AM »
I put out my money to help the team

PHILLIP Whiteman, stepfather of two-time Olympian Njisane Phillip, has denied claims made by a local newspaper that he owes the TT Cycling Federation (TTCF) money for equipment purchased during the national team’s Olympic qualifier campaign in 2019.

The story, which was published on Monday and Tuesday in the daily newspaper, said Whiteman was given TT$375,000 by the TTCF to travel to France to complete the purchase of wheels for the touring sprint quartet of Phillip, Nicholas Paul, Kwesi Browne and Keron Bramble.

It said Whiteman “refused to hand over the remaining amount, although the invoices clearly showed there was an outstanding balance from the purchase of equipment”.

However, Whiteman refuted these claims and revealed the equipment was among a lengthy list of essentials which were purchased personally by him, from his credit card, to which he submitted the necessary invoices to TTCF and was reimbursed in full, in three tranches.

According to the Sport Company of TT (SporTT) director, the duration being incorrectly reported on spans between November and December 2019 when TT, under the guidance of then-coach Erin Hartwell, travelled to China and New Zealand for the International Cycling Union (UCI) World Cup campaign.

“After speaking with Larry Romany (then TTCF president) and having the chairman and CEO of SporTT having no objection to me assisting them, I put out my money to pay for the expenses for the team. TTCF paid nothing for the two World Cups because they applied to SporTT late for funds.

“The TT Olympic Committee (TTOC) decided they would help because they realised how important it was for the boys to qualify for Tokyo. TTCF were going to get money from the Sport and Culture Fund but were unable to at the time. So I said I would pay and they would reimburse me. This was because I had the credit cards with available credit limit for US dollars,” he stated.

Whiteman also produced a four-page spread sheet of expenses he incurred on behalf of the team during that duration, all of which he said was reimbursed. Visas, wheels, food, supplements, helmets, transport, accommodation in Hong Kong among a host of other necessary items altogether tallied almost TT$350,000.

He continued, “TTOC paid for the airfares. I paid everything up to New Zealand. I paid all the overweight for the riders. I bought the tyres and rims. I did not go to France. I ordered the equipment from France and had them airfreighted into Hong Kong. I bought helmets for Kwesi Browne and others. All these things are what they applied to the Sport and Culture Fund for. They didn’t have the money, I paid for it.

“I paid for all their meals in New Zealand, the hotel in Hong Kong, for bike boxes. I had to get new bike boxes there for the whole team. I had to order uniforms from the US because those that we (TT) went to Hong Kong with were full of holes. I ordered from Vie13 (sport apparel producer). I had US cyclists bring in racing socks from the US to Hong Kong for the TT cyclists.”

He admitted that he was speedily reimbursed by the TTCF since they received the finances disbursed by the Sport and Culture Fund during and after the World Cups.

Whiteman, who is also a contractor, indicated that the TTCF is supposed to also have a copy of these invoices and if they have been misplaced, they should have asked him to come in and bring all the receipts for their perusal.

He further criticised the report which also said he served as the team manager during the World Cups. According to him, he has never been selected in any official position with the national team although he has been travelling the globe with Phillip, paying his own expenses, for the past 15 years of his stepson’s decorated sprinting career.

Whiteman added, “I was not the manager. There was no manager. Erin (Hartwell) used to call me the ‘financier’. I was just there to pay the bills and help. I’ve gone on these campaigns for the many years with Njisane. I’m not there in official capacity but if they want something, and I can assist, I’ll go get it for them. I’m here to help the boys.

“When we departed on this trip not a single member of the TTCF was there to see the team leaving. I had to send my personal vehicles to transport all the athletes and bikes to the airport. I’ve done these things over the years without asking for a cent back. It’s not now I’ve been financing these people. I was in Europe for the last set of World Cups. I paid my own airfare, my own hotel, paid to assist Erin to rent two vehicles.”

After the initial report was published on Monday, TTCF issued a press release on the same day distancing itself from several statements written in the daily newspaper. The printed report claimed a (TTCF) “general council member speaking on the condition of anonymity” shared the information that Whiteman owed an “outstanding balance.”

The letter which was penned by TTCF president Joseph Roberts read, “The ‘anonymous’ source quoted in the article does not have all the facts. The only persons authorised to officially speak on behalf of the TTCF are the president (Roberts) and the PRO (Roxanne Chapman). The TTCF therefore distances itself and wishes to advise that after the matter is addressed, an official statement will then be made.”

Whiteman considers the slur of incorrect statements printed as character assassination and defamation of his character, especially as a sitting member on SporTT’s board.

He concluded, “A response will be forthcoming from my attorneys of the offending parties.”

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Re: Njisane Phillip Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2020, 09:11:07 AM »
TTCF threatens to sue Njisane over US$15k wheels

THE TT Cycling Federation (TTCF) has issued a pre-action protocol letter to national cyclist Njisane Phillip requesting the immediate return of five new Mavic wheels which he allegedly took, without approval, from the National Cycling Centre (NCC) in Couva on December 23, 2019.

The legal letter, which was sent by attorney Adriana Marine of Virtus Chambers in Port of Spain, on Friday, demands the two-time Olympian return the wheels “in the condition in which they were taken, that is, new”.

If the 29-year old speedster is unable to do so, he can, alternatively, pay the US$15,600 value of the wheels. Additionally, Phillip is also asked to pay the TTCF’s legal costs to date, which amounts to $TT7,500.

The multiple-time national sprint champion is required to issue a response to TTCF’s legal team within 28 days or legal proceedings will commence.

According to the legal document, on or about December 23 last year, Phillip allegedly took five Mavic race wheels (two rear disk, two front disk and an iO five spoke) from the NCC office of former technical director for cycling and national coach Erin Hartwell.

Hartwell allegedly told Phillip not to remove the wheels and reminded him the equipment belonged to the TTCF and was procured for use by national athletes through the Sport and Cultural Fund grant.

The letter says Hartwell also told Phillip that he would have to report “the theft” to SporTT and the TTCF, which he did, four days later.

The cyclist's action, according to the pre-action protocol letter, saw the TTCF incur US$15,600 in loss and damages and also resulted in there being only three wheels left for use by the remaining three riders on the national team.”

On December 24, 2019, Phillip sent a letter to TTCF explaining his actions.

The 2012 Olympian said he would use the wheels to continue to train but noted that the TT cycling team had previously been using his wheels, his personal property, for training and competition over the past two years.

Phillip’s letter read, “Five wheels have been destroyed during this time without any reimbursement to myself...I do intend to continue to train myself as an athlete for TT as a cyclist (2024 Olympic campaign) using the equipment purchased for our use and such I have taken three wheels for this purpose.”

According to a similar letter sent to TTCF by Phillip's national teammate Keron Bramble, on December 24, it was revealed that the latter was in possession of the next two wheels.

TTCF’s legal letter noted, “You, without the knowledge, permission, authority, consent and/or acquaintance of the TTCF 'loaned' and/or temporarily permitted the said Keron Bramble to take possession of two of the said wheels.”

After receiving Hartwell’s report on the incident at NCC, on December 27, TTCF’s racing committee chairman Joseph Roberts and assistant racing secretary David Francis said they met with Phillip to appeal for the return of the wheels.

On January 31, 2020, racing secretary Jacqui Corbin allegedly contacted Phillip with another request to return TTCF’s property by of before February 4. TTCF also reached out to Phillip’s local club (Rigtech Sonics) president David Voisin “in hopes that an amicable resolution of this matter would be forthcoming.”

After examining the letter of explanation sent by Phillip on December 24, 2019, the TTCF attorney said Phillip “knowingly misappropriated, with the intention to deprive the TTCF, of property belonging to the TTCF.”

Marine added, “The property was that of the TTCF and it was solely within the remit of the TTCF to determine how and when its own property would be utilised."

The pre-action letter said notwithstanding Phillip's claim that his wheels were used for free by national cyclists for two years, he had no legal right to seize TTCF property as compensation.

“The allegation of the authorised use of five wheels that belonged to you over the last two years does not in law or in fact authorise you to misappropriate the property of the TTCF.

“Based on your correspondence and subsequent conduct it is evident that you knowingly removed said wheels without authority to so do and with the intention to permanently deprive the TTCF of its property.”

To support its claims, the TTCF also attached four documents to the pre-action protocol letter as reference.

The first being a letter from the Sport and Culture Fund informing the TTCF that their application for funding to purchase equipment for five cyclists had been approved in part.

The second and third documents were those sent in by Phillip and Bramble respectively to the TTCF, highlighting their intentions to use the five wheels “for training purposes”.

The final document was TTCF’s January 31 letter to Phillip, signed by Corbin, requesting the return of TTCF’s property.

The pre-action protocol letter was issued under the authority of the TTCF’s trustees, president Joseph Roberts and Joel Browne.

Newsday tried to contact Phillip, who is currently abroad, via social media messaging on Sunday but up to press time he did not respond. Close affiliates of Phillip also declined to comment.

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