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Trinidad and Tobago National Association of Athletics Administrations [NAAATT] president Ephraim Serrette has admitted the loss of sprinter Michelle Lee-Ayhe will be a big blow for the twin island republic heading into this month’s IAAF World Championships.

The 27-year-old Lee-Ayhe, the reigning Commonwealth Games 100m champion, has been on suspension since August 30 after recently being sanctioned for ‘whereabouts’ violations.

“Michelle-Lee is critical for the women’s team. So, it’s up to the rest to make the best of things. There was also the situation with Khalifa St Fort calling off her season early. They have to be prepared for all circumstances,” Serrette told Trinidad and Tobago Express.

With Lee-Ahye absent, Kelly-Ann Baptiste will be the country’s’ only representative in the women’s 100m. Kamaria Durant and Mauricia Prieto will be on duty in the 200m. Baptiste, will join Prieto, Reyare Thomas and Semoy Hackett for the sprint relay.

Keshorn Walcott has also been named on a team of 15 for the World Championships. The 2012 Olympic men’s javelin champion is one of two throwers. Portious Warren will compete in the women’s shot put and Andwuelle Wright will take part in the men’s long jump.

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