The Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) has broken its silence on the matter involving many-time national men's champion Simon Tomlinson and the decision to pull him from the team to the Commonwealth Games.
In a press release sent on Monday evening, the council of the JTTA sought to clear the air that the decision to remove Tomlinson from the Commonwealth Games team was made by the managing council and not the president.
The release once again highlighted that the decision was taken due to Tomlinson's lack of preparedness, his withdrawal from the Caribbean Championships team in March and his absence from the most recent National Championships.
Radio Jamaica Sports understands that the managing council came to the final decision after Tomlinson refused to play the National Championships despite being asked repeatedly by the JTTA.
The release also stated: "The managing council of the (JTTA) categorically denies any allegations of a personal attack on Simon Tomlinson by the JTTA President, Mr. Andrew Lue, and refutes any defamatory reports that may suggest same."
When contacted, JTTA President Andrew Lue again declined to comment on the matter, stating that he has been advised by his counsel not to make any public comments.