Thursday 2 July, 2020

Barbados police getting help with Caribbean pool tourney investigation

The Royal Barbados Police Force has confirmed that investigations are ongoing into the pool tournament that was to be held last weekend - Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Barbados.

The Rack 'em up pool tournament was opened to players from around the Caribbean. 

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According to representatives from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Grenada, the female organiser contacted them and invited the territories to send representation. The players said that part of the terms was that two players from each country were to have their accommodation and airfare covered by the organiser. However, this was not done.

The registration fee paid by all 51 players comprising Barbadian nationals and the regional players from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Guyana, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, and Trinidad and Tobago, was $75 US.

The tournament did not come off on Sunday at Casablanca in Maxwell, though originally on the poster it was to be held at the Courtney Blackman Grande Salle, Central Bank of Barbados.

After the deliverables were not forthcoming and no refunds were made, the participants sought the assistance of local authorities when the promoter turned up late at Casablanca and announced the tournament cancelled Sunday afternoon, moments after the "aggrieved" contingent had posted a Facebook Live video.

Tonight, the Acting Public Relations Officer for the Royal Barbados Police Force, Sargeant Michael Blackman told the media, "Police are carrying out investigations into reports circulating on social media relative to a pool tournament which was scheduled to come off in Barbados last weekend.

"A female organiser is assisting police with investigations."

The name of the organiser was not disclosed by the police. She is also not in custody at this time.



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