T&T pro bodybuilder Iziah Kanhai has distanced himself from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs in a candid video message posted on social networking website, Facebook.
In the video that lasted close to eight and a half minutes, Kanhai criticised the Ministry for using his name as a success story while receiving no funding. He also thanked the people of Trinidad and Tobago and his American sponsors that saw him go pro in Las Vegas last September.
With five weeks to go to his first pro show, Kanhai is still weighing up his options on whether he will represent the United States or T&T.
"I understand if we're in an economic crisis right now, or we don't have the funds available to us, but what I had a problem with was the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs taking credit for something they had absolutely nothing to do with," Kanhai said in the post.
He went further to say, "I'm a national athlete, and I felt like there should have been more support. I felt like there should have been more recognition or something."
Kanhai did not confirm whether he will be representing T&T or the United States at his first show in March. Instead, he said, "I maybe representing America from now on, atleast until things change back home and I am able to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the way that I want to. I do not represent the MInistry of Sport, I do not represent the government, but I represent the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Still, in my heart, I'm red, white and black always."
Guardian Media Sports tried calling the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs for a response but he did not answer. The Minister was also sent a WhatsApp message.
This story will be updated as more information comes to hand.