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

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.

Crass insensitivity continues unabated

The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has been almost singularly focused on the construction of an international airport at Argyle for the past several years. Many may have actually forgotten how long ago the project started and as we are now seeing, even as the opening has been announced, the authorities have found identified weak areas and engaged in repair work on the runway.

One of the important features of the years that the international airport has been under construction has been the tremendous difficulty in obtaining truth.

Our sports score card 2001 – 2015

262882National elections are upon us and the contesting political parties are seeking the vote of every adult Vincentian. Sport is an integral part of the national development process, not a mere adjunct to it.

Vincentian sportspeople must therefore take the time to ensure that they have a say in what happens with sport in this country.

More Ole Talk ’bout Sports

pr loudspeakersIn the previous article dates 24 April 2015 we addressed the sorry state of the Arnos Vale Sports Complex as one of the startling contradictions of the current political administration even as it boasts of having the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) borrow $6.5m from the National Insurance Services (NIS) for the upgrading of the nation’s sports facilities.

$6.5m for Sports infrastructure!!!

moneyThe government of this country is now saying that for 2015 it has committed $6.5m to the development of sport infrastructure in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The statement has come at a time when the country is preparing itself for the pending general elections due some time this year.

Disturbing global sport politics

Under normal circumstances the Annual Carifta Congress would have been incident-free. At the Annual Carifta Congress in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, in 2007, however, it was a different matter. IAAF president, Lamine Diack, turned what would otherwise have been his address to the delegates into a tirade on the NACAC president, Amadeo Francis, informing them that while he thought that the latter was his friend he had lent his support to Minos, the Greek, to challenge him for the presidency of the IAAF. The gathering was obviously shocked and Francis sought to suggest that it was at a time when Diack had indicated that he was no longer going after the presidency; that he was going to retire.

General elections and sport

On Monday 13 December 2010 Vincentians sportspeople, like the rest of St Vincent and the Grenadines will go to the polls to elect a new government.

It has often been said that the politics of sport is infinitesimally more intriguing than that of national politics. It has also been said that sports must be kept separate from politics.