FORMER president of the National Association of Athletic Administrations (NAAA) Ephraim Serrette has taken up the role as special adviser to the Minister of Sport and Community Development, Shamfa Cudjoe.

The 63-year-old Serrette served as NAAA president from 2006 until he stepped down in February. In a letter to NAAA general secretary Allan Baboolal, Serrette said his decision to demit office was due to the demands of a recent job appointment.

During a telephone interview on Sunday, Serrette, the ex-TT sprinter, said, “It’s an opportunity to contribute to the development of sports totally, for the wider citizenry.”

Asked if he approached by the Ministry to serve as its special adviser, Serrette replied, “I did not approach the Ministry.”

Individual sports such as table tennis, tennis, swimming and track and field have resumed. Recreational, not competitive, team sports are allowed due to the covid19 restrictions.

Serrette said, “All (the talk) about getting back on track with sports is really (based) on the Health Minister (Terrence Deyalsingh). The CMO (Roshan Parasram) is the one who is really guiding everybody.”