Keith Joseph

Olympism

by Keith Joseph

SVG’s stadium options

SVG’s stadium options

St Vincent and the Grenadines remains one of the few countries in the Caribbean that does not yet possess a national stadium. Indeed, in the region, it is now commonplace that a country should be have a national stadium in so far as athletics and football are concerned.

Of course, for many years we have been touting the Arnos Vale Sports Complex as the nation’s cricket stadium.

Oh what an awful lot we are – WI Cricket team

The entire Caribbean is still trying to recover from the devastating defeat of the West Indies team in the first test against Edgbaston, England. It is not an easy thing for Caribbean people to accept the kind of humiliation visited upon the regional team by the cricketing representatives of the former colonialists in the recent past.

England handed West Indies a defeat by an innings and 209 runs, achieved in only three days. This has left many pondering whether it is in any way worth the while to engage the West Indies team in a test series in the future since the performance of the players continues to drop and does not prove attractive to cricketing enthusiasts in test-playing nations.

Development must be a collective endeavour

The curtains came down on the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, on Sunday last, with the usual massive crowd in attendance bidding official farewell to both Usain Bolt and Mo Farah.

In the previous Column we addressed the fact that they left active competition in different styles but their impact would remain with the sport for a very long time to come.

Farah and Bolt end careers differently

Farah and Bolt end careers differently

 

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) biennial World Championships in London, United Kingdom, was promoted around the end of the careers of Britain’s Mo Farah and Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. Of course, given his outstanding achievements over the past nine years it was Bolt that received more of the attention. After all, it is the 100m winner that is dubbed the fastest man in the world, a title he has been carrying since winning the event in a world record performance at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, 2008, a short time before his 21st birthday.

SVG at the Windward Islands Schools Games 2017

Tomorrow the curtains come down on the annual Windward Islands Schools Games (WISG) hosted here in St Vincent and the Grenadines. For the local team the results were very mixed and so the sport-loving Vincentian public the usual response can be expected. Many are disappointed at the fact that even while playing host we do not seem to be sufficiently competitive in all of the sports on the programme.

Let the Games begin

Let the Games begin

Teams from Dominica, Grenada and St Lucia, arrive in St Vincent and the Grenadines today to join the host in the annual WINLOTT Windward Islands Schools Games (WISG2017). This country would be hosting the mega sporting event starting tomorrow through to 29 July with the visitors leaving the following day, 30 July. There is one rest day.
Organisers of the event are hopeful that with schools on vacation there is enough interest generated by the advertisements and the locally selected athletes to ensure that there are patrons at the various competitions supporting the local teams but also supporting the Games, more generally.

Whither the Arnos Vale Sports Complex?

Carnival 2015 is finished. The pundits will once more determine in their own way the outcome. One thing is certain, it was not like the days of old and there was no spirit to speak about.

This week we return to the thorny issue of our sports facilities, the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in particular, and the failure of the authorities to ensure that they are appropriately maintained.

Is sport a political football?

The recent global scandal involving the top guns at the level of FIFA and some of the regional and national football bodies should come ads no surprise to the followers of the sport.

Many analysts have always made the claim in more than jest that sport involves as much intrigue and politics as national politics in countries around the world.

The politicizing of Vincentian sport and its consequences

Astute analysts of Vincentian sport are few and far between. This is largely as a result of the way in which sport has not escaped the broader process of political socialization that has been taking place in St Vincent and the Grenadines over the past several years.
Nothing in this country today has escaped the political myopia systematically sown amongst the populace and so sport too has become a victim.
The consequences of the politicization of sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines will inevitably have much the same effect as the politicization of education and employment opportunities, colour of clothing worn and even what one ought to say when speaking in the public domain or freely expressing one’s opinion on issues impacting the country.