Reports state Jude Bentley reinstated into cycling fraternity
Ordered to post fine of $30,000
In what can be reasonably referred to as poetic justice, top cyclist Jude Bentley was recently reinstated into the cycling fraternity and was given the all clear to participate in events organized by the Guyana Cycling Federation according to reports from a reliable source close to the federation.
Kaieteur Sport was reliably informed that the star cyclist recently benefited from a ruling of the executive committee following a meeting held between his lawyer Ronald Birch Smith and other high level officials of the Federation.
Sources close to the Federation disclosed that the decision was imminent since Thursday October 8 last when a meeting was organized between team Bentley and the executive of the cycling Federation to ventilate the matter once and for all.
The source revealed that Bentley turned up at the meeting accompanied by his lawyer but the executive members of the Cycling Federation were a no show.
The meeting was subsequently reconvened to last Thursday and this time all of the interested parties were present. According to information, the meeting was chaired by Ms. Cheryl Thompson in the absence of President, Hector Edwards.
According to our reliable source, retired judge, Desmond Birch Smith was also present at the meeting and the issue was thoroughly ventilated. The source intimated that at the end of the meeting most of the executives present agreed that Bentley was unfairly treated and they unanimously voted to lift the ban. Bentley was instructed to pay the outstanding sum of $30,000 to the treasurer, William Howard. However, Howard is currently on national duties at the Inter-Guiana Games team in Suriname. He was expected back sometime yesterday.
Now that he was exonerated from all charges, Bentley is expected to contest in the Troy Humphrey Memorial cycle race meet slated for Saturday around the inner circuit of the National Park.
The young cyclist was cited for leaving the team village without permission while representing Guyana at the 2006 Sydney Commonwealth Games in Australia. He was hauled before a disciplinary committee and fined $30,000.
The cyclist said that even though he was willing to pay the fine, the executives of the Federation refused to accept it causing him to believe that there was more to the issue than they were letting on.
His attempt to enter a subsequent meet in the National Park was met with hostility as several executive members refused to proceed with the event until he left the venue.
Bentley refused, forcing the said executives to summon the police. The law officers subsequently left without instituting charges after pronouncing that no one had broken the law. Bentley then waged a ferocious war seeking his reinstatement. Last Thursday’s ruling was indeed poetic justice for the young rider.