Keith Joseph

Olympism

by Keith Joseph

Getting sports to work for the country

Getting sports to work for the country

As has become the norm over the past few years, this country’s Prime Minister again announced two more sport ambassadors for St Vincent and the Grenadines. This time around it was the turn of former netballer, Dellarice Duncan, and former cricketer, Michael Findlay.
Congratulations are in order for all of those who, over the years, have been beneficiaries of the

Cheating knows no bounds

Cheating knows no bounds

A recent article published in The Sunday Telegraph dated 29 October 2017 has highlighted the extent to which cheating is becoming almost normative in sport.
Patrick Sawer, the author of the article points to, “A growing body of evidence is emerging to show that a small but significant number of runners are cheating in amateur races. By using a variety

Making the best of what we have

Making the best of what we have

It is most interesting to see just how many sporting organisations have been gaining access to the strip on the former ET Joshua airport in Arnos Vale.

Automobile enthusiasts have been having a field say since the airport has been relocated to Argyle and Vincentians, anxious to see speed, spills and thrills, have been all too eager to become an
Racism still very much alive in sport

Racism still very much alive in sport

In the recent past much attention has been placed on the matter of racism in sport. This is now all the more important today as we are also witnessing the systemic increase in racism in several countries across the world, at times, at the very highest level of authority.

Perhaps the most disturbing feature of contemporary society is that it

The Politics of Sport – the next frontier

The Politics of Sport – the next frontier

It has often been said that the politics of sport is more vicious than national politics.

Here in St Vincent and the Grenadines we have witnessed the systematic politicising of sport in a variety of ways but many have opted to still their tongues, perhaps too fearful of the seeming dangers of speaking out.
In this Column we attempt to

Schools’ Competitions in full swing

Schools’ Competitions in full swing

This is the first term of the new academic year and we are already off to the start of sport competitions in and between schools around St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Schools Games Committee, the body charged with responsibility for the planning and management of annual inter schools’ competitions, have met and the stage is set for a flurry

A rationalised national sport structure

A rationalised national sport structure

It is unfortunate that despite claims by successive governments in this country little attention has ever been placed on locating physical literacy, physical activity and sport an appropriate role in the broader matter of genuine national development.

While we have become aware that development is about people we have failed to do much to encourage Vincentians into an understanding of

Some important national sporting developments

Some important national sporting developments

Over the past several years we have been hammering away at the fact that St Vincent and the Grenadines remains well behind the vast majority of its Caribbean neighbours in terms of sporting infrastructure. The argument being made on each occasion is that without proper sport infrastructure it is certainly not possible to help Vincentian athletes even approximate their capacities

Project Field Events

Project Field Events

St Vincent and the Grenadines does not possess a synthetic track. The implications of this fact for athletes desirous of becoming sprinters are numerous.

Coaches must know the long list of challenges they face in seeking to produce world class sprinters utilising only grassed surfaces. It is therefore rather interesting to find so many of them attempting to convince athletes that it is possible to compete favourably in the international arena having used only grassed surfaces in their preparation.

That National Sports City

That National Sports City

In the previous edition of this Column, dated Friday 1 September 2017, we addressed the matter of the options available to us if we are serious about getting a synthetic surface in place and eventually provide Vincentians with a grand national stadium.

Many have been discussing the issues raised in last week’s Column if only because of the interest that they have in seeing this country provide appropriate facilities to give the youths a more even playing field in the sporting arena at the regional and international levels.