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posted 24 Sep 2014, 20:03 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 24 Sep 2014, 20:04 ]
We wish to place on public record our disgust and extreme disappointment with the treatment meted out to Dr Ian Hypolite, a most distinguished professional and son of the soil, by The Government of Trinidad and Tobago. 
We choose to write at this time because of the deafening silence by all those in authority and other members of the national community since the Independence awards 2014 were given out. 

The Minister of Sport publicly proclaimed during the euphoria of Mr. Jehue Gordon's triumphant return from his successful performance at The recent World Games that Dr Ian Hypolite (Jehue's coach from school days) would be recommended for a national award amongst other things
What subsequently transpired was that Dr Ian Hypolite was sent a private and confidential letter from the Permanent Secretary in August 2014 that Cabinet had rescinded the award, full stop. No explanation given. 

For the information of the national community I wish to very briefly state who Dr Ian Hypolite is: Dr Ian Hypolite is a medical professional, consultant psychiatrist, former Hospital Medical Director of St Ann's Hospital well known and respected throughout The Caribbean and beyond having represented this country at many world fora. 
He has devoted considerable time and effort to youth development through sports and continues to make the sacrifices necessary to do so. He is also a sport administrator par excellence as evidenced by the numerous positions and postings he has held nationally, the most recent being Head of mission for this country's team at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland 2014 .He has coached Mr. Jehue Gordon since his school days proving that a totally local trained and prepared athlete can face and beat the world, Jehue's achievements provides the proof. 
This hard working, distinguished and internationally recognised professional is now left to speculate as to the reasons behind the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago's decision to rescind the award. To date no one publicly or privately has communicated with Dr Hypolite to offer any explanations. This approach raises the perception that there may be skeletons, character or otherwise, in Dr. Hypolite's closet that debar him from such an award. This perception is not just local in scope but also international; remember he has appeared on the international stage as a representative of this country. 

We the undersigned wish to vehemently condemn this behaviour and approach by both administrative and political public servants to an esteemed son of the soil. They have embarrassed Dr Ian Hypolite nationally, regionally and internationally 
To Dr Ian Hypolite we say congratulations to you for all your outstanding work and achievements to date. We are sure that we speak for thousands of citizens in T+T, Keep the flag of the country flying high and you will receive your acknowledgements and rewards from higher authorities than the present Government of Trinidad and Tobago. 
"The greatest reward for a job well done is that sense of self-satisfaction; you feel when you know that you have achieved your goal. Medals and trophies are just outward symbols." 


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