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Ignore your drumbeat at your own peril

April 6th, 2013

Sport has been one of my most loyal friends from the age of seven years growing up in Belmont, playing in the narrow lanes, Belmont Boy’s RC school yard, the Queen’s Park Savannah, through my move from competitive sport to sport administration and leadership. We have been inseparable. Read the rest of this entry »

Is sport failing nation’s youth?

February 26th, 2013

Why gangs and not sports? What is fuelling the gangs and run away gun crimes? Why have gangs become an option for young men? Why are they comfortable hanging out on the streets, joining gangs and getting involved in illegal activity? Is it because they feel ignored by the system? Why is a generation of young men drawn into drugs, guns and other criminal activity? Read the rest of this entry »

Lesson from the Jamaican season

February 13th, 2013

As I attended the Extraordinary Pan American Sport Organisation (PASO) General Assembly in Kingston, Jamaica, last week, the thought struck me that the one reason Jamaica does so well in a number of areas including music and sports is down to their sheer unadulterated patriotism, passion and self belief. Read the rest of this entry »

Olympics more than winning medals

November 20th, 2012

Clarity about what success means is not easily arrived at. It means different things to different people. That’s the message most people don’t like or want to hear. Read the rest of this entry »

Sport leaders take the straight path

November 20th, 2012

National sport organisations (NSOs) are more often than not in the public spotlight. In the modern era of social media with its immediacy and interaction, the harsh reality is that sport leaders have little or almost no margin for error. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for Rio 2016 well advanced

October 30th, 2012

In 2014, there will be the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Games. There will also be the second edition of the youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Read the rest of this entry »

Sport still undervalued

May 21st, 2012

In Capitalism in Crisis, published in the year 2000, Fidel Castro argued that those countries that were colonies yesterday and are still today enduring the backwardness of poverty and underdevelopment, have only one asset that can guarantee the defence of legitimate aspirations and that is unity. Read the rest of this entry »

Wada scores win for drug cheats

May 2nd, 2012

It’s the dawn of a brand new day for the Olympic Games. In time to come the London 2012 Olympic Games may well be viewed as a watershed moment for the Olympic movement. Credit will have to be given to the World Anti-doping Agency’ (WADA), the global body charged with policing anti-doping in sport, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ( CAS) and Dwain Chambers, who will all earn legendary status in Olympic history. Yesterday, CAS released its judgment against the British Olympic Association (BOA) by-law that bars all athletes who have failed a dope test from competing in the Games. Read the rest of this entry »

Road to clean sport is complex

April 24th, 2012

At the time that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established, accusations of weak leadership and the lack of the required political will to take firm action on doping control were being made from various quarters. These accusations or perceptions presented a challenge to the IOC’s legitimacy and credibility since the organisation, some felt, did not want to tackle the problem head on. Cynics claimed the IOC leadership did not want to acknowledge that doping was an issue as the problem carried with it sport politics and commercial undertones.

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Protecting the Olympic brand

April 20th, 2012

Managing and protecting the Olympic brand, no matter how unintentional or bold face the infringement or unauthorised use may be is the responsibility of National Olympic Committees (NOCS).

Respecting the need for the Olympic movement to protect the Olympic brand is a Pandora’s box here in T&T as piracy of music, videos, and software etc is part of the value system attitude of our society.

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