Sunday 24 March, 2019

Yvonne Clarke still prepping for Miss Universe in face of uncertainty

Preparations are moving full speed ahead to send Yvonne Clarke to the Miss Universe competition even though her team remains uncertain about eligibility.

Soca star Fay-Ann Lyons who now manages the 28-year-old delegate after she was approached to assist her, told Loop that they are rushing to put things together to submit to the Miss Universe organisation.

Lyons said after Clarke was stripped of her title by local franchise holder Jenny Douglas, they stopped all the preparations.

However, Clarke received an email from the Miss Universe organisation on Wednesday morning reminding her that the deadline for her required items is on Thursday.

Lyons said they told the organisation of what occurred on Tuesday and they were advised to continue preparations as normal.

She said the organisers have been trying unsuccessfully to reach Jenny Douglas to discuss the situation.  They have also agreed to send a copy of the contract to Lyons. 

In the meantime, Lyons said they are calling back sponsors to gather all the needed items.

She said Brian Lara today donated a signed bat for Clarke to send for the auction event.

Efforts to reach Douglas was unsuccessful and all the Facebook pages associated with the local pageant have been deleted. There has also been no word from Martrecia Allyene, the runner-up who Douglas said would replace Clarke.

When asked if the Ministry of Culture planned to intervene in this situation, Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said not at this time but they are monitoring the developments.

She said her Ministry did not give any money to Douglas for the competition.

The Miss Universe competition takes place on November 26 in Las Vegas.

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