No to Government interference in sport

February 17th, 2012

The end does not justify the means. It may be seen as the easy way and the quickest way but it is certainly not the correct way to go about solving the problem of poor governance in sport. That Guyana’s Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony, can adopt the attitude that he will not back down even as the International Cricket Council (ICC) has made it abundantly clear that they will not abide with the government interference in the administration of cricket in Guyana, reeks of the kind of distorted perception that has brought Caribbean societies to its knees. Read the rest of this entry »

Government — an easy target

August 9th, 2011

National Sport Organisations (NSOs) are deeply unsettled about the present and concerned about the future many of them are uncertain about Government’s policy about sport. There are renewed calls for the government to make crystal clear what is its sport policy for the next five years. There are some who don’t want to acknowledge the real reasons for the perceived funding crisis in local sport because that will make them responsible for solutions so the cause of it all is bad policy emanating from Abercromby Street. It is always someone else’s fault, and government makes an easy target.

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Funding — not a God given right

August 2nd, 2011

Money worries! No Money! These days the Ministry of Sport and the Sport Company (SportTT) are coming in for adverse comment and criticism either openly or by innuendo. Sports administrators are publicly pointing to the Ministry and or SportTT. The blame for every disappointment is dumped squarely in the lap of the honchos at Abercromby Street and Henry Street.

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Caricom has no authority to fix sport

July 12th, 2011

Over the years, Caricom politicians, in the main, have paid lip service to sport. Most view sport, sportsmen and women, and sporting success as mere tools to boost political popularity and credibility. Politicians, especially those entrusted with a popular mandate to govern set the example, style and tone for what goes on in a nation. Their decisions good or bad have far reaching generational consequences as people do what people see. How serious are we about sport development and sporting excellence? What does excellence mean? Is it a destination? Why define or narrow it down to a measurement of functionally utility? Over the years we have seen the Caribbean’s potential as a region and as a people hamstrung by the rise of political entrepreneurs whose singular focus is on seeking their own interest.

Fifa not above the Law

June 14th, 2011

Officials are not permitted to accept gifts and other benefits that exceed the average relative value of local cultural customs from any third parties. If in doubt, gifts shall be declined. Accepting gifts of cash in any amount or form is prohibited—FIFA Code of Ethics rule 10(1).

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Playing Smart with Foolishness

May 31st, 2011

One of the reasons my dear mother gave for never sparing the rod was “if you get away once, you will be encouraged to keep doing it until you are eventually caught.” There were many house and life rules my mother instilled in my three siblings and myself and if we did not hear we would feel her rod of correction. Two wrongs will never make something right. There was no excuse for stealing milo and condense milk. None! All that you truly own was your good name, she use to say and   “Don’t envy what other people have.”

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Administration not a popularity contest

May 24th, 2011

On a daily basis  things happen that make little or no sense . It is hard very hard at times not to question the reasoning, motives and objectives behind  some of the decisions . What is behind it all? what is the motivation?

Is  power, control and money behind it all? Those who crave all or either of the three do so in the belief   that the barometer for success is in having and  controlling the money, power or authority.

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Carnival rules things!

March 8th, 2011

The 3Canal posse cross the Savannah stage J’Ouvert morning. Photo: ANTHONY HARRIS

Good Morning neighbour! What’s going on? It is J’Ouvert morning and 3Canal is sending out a powerful but positive vibe and energy. It is Carnival time and sport takes a back seat. But in many ways, Carnival is a massive positive for sport here in T&T. For those who believe that ‘Trinis’ cannot be dedicated and disciplined. Paying close attention to how many citizens prepare for Carnival Monday and Tuesday will be a revelation, the enthusiasm and vibrancy, the energy that fills the air. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking sport out of dark ages

January 25th, 2011

Source:  www.guardian.co.tt

In some vital aspects, sport in T&T remains very much in the dark ages, in particular, in respect to concepts such as long-term athlete development (LTAD), sport science, good governance, sports law, sports marketing and sport management. The Ministry of Sport is doing its part.

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Good shepherds needed

January 18th, 2011

Published: Tue, 2011-01-18- Source www.guardian.co.tt

What National Sport Organisations (NSOs)
need are good shepherds, not good politicians. Good shepherds don’t flee for fear of wolves. Nor do they remain indifferent or take the easy way out. Politics should never come before friendship, country or the truth.  Regardless of the outcome of an election, political rhetoric and acrimony must not overshadow nation building. Last Friday someone asked me: “Why do you feel you always have to defend Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Anil Roberts?” Read the rest of this entry »