Since gaining affiliate status with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of St Vincent and the Grenadines has been consistent in its efforts at facilitating the emergence of a truly national sports culture through its commitment to genuine sports development in this country.
The general elections is expected to be coming soon here in St Vincent and the Grenadines and the politicians are already lining up with their promises. The various national sports associations have not yet sufficiently understood what the political season means and hence have not prepared themselves to garner the most out of the situation as it unfolds.
The national sports policy of St Vincent and the Grenadines was something that took far too long to be put in place. The National Olympic Committee, recognising the need and understanding its importance to the development of sport and the broader national development process, brought the stakeholders together and fashioned the first draft of the policy. This was then reviewed and the final document forwarded to the government for approval and implementation.
At a recent Sports Leadership Seminar organised by the St Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee one of the topics that attracted a fair measure of discussion was ‘The Media and Sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines’.
The topic has been on several former seminars organised by the NOC because of its importance to national federations (NF).
The 39th edition of the annual Carifta Games Track and Field Championships came to an end on Monday 5 April at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. As always the event was a great display of Caribbean talent with an amazing number of records broken as athletes from 25 countries rose to the occasion offered f=them by the gracious and excited hosts.
In the recent past we have had more exposure to sport over a concentrated period than hitherto in the history of this country.
For some it suggests that we can begin to take seriously the matter of sport tourism as a viable development option for St Vincent and the Grenadines. To others it may well have signified the extent to which we are extremely far removed from any sort of preparation for sport tourism.
Vincentians can feel justly proud that we have once more been ushered into the annals of cricketing history in the Caribbean.
One piece of that history is the fact that this small country has, for the first time, hosted three One Day Internationals (ODI) in quick succession at the idyllic Arnos Vale Sports Complex.
Another piece of history is that here in St Vincent and the Grenadines the West Indies cricket team defeated Zimbabwe in three consecutive ODIs to clinch a series victory after the teams came out of Guyana evenly poised at one match each.