Sport and the business of life

On Friday 19 February 2010 the international community brought a new programme to St Vincent and the Grenadines entitled, Sport for Life. While this is new to this country it is a programme that has been in existence for some time and appears modelled on other existing programmes.

The launch took place at the Media Centre at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex where the sessions for the participants will be held on Saturdays.

An uncaring government with no vision for sport – Part II

Football & Athletics

The two sporting associations that need the national stadium most have suffered the most from the current government in so far as facilities are concerned.

While here to deliver the feature address at the Annual Awards Ceremony of Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Area Representative of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and President of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Area Association (NACAC) of the same institution, Neville Mc Cook, pointed to the fact that St Vincent and the Grenadines joins Montserrat and Anguilla as the only three English-speaking Caribbean nations without a national stadium for track and field athletics. This reality has not fazed the current administrations, which has made more promises to deliver the facility than any previous administration in the history of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

An uncaring government with no vision for sport – Part I

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Even the most cursory examination of the modus operandi of the current government of St Vincent and the Grenadines will reveal what can only be considered a complete failure to appreciate and care for the youths of this country, an absence of any appreciation for the value of sport in national development and a total lack of vision for sport in this country.

Caribbean sports tourism can be viable

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The recent CARICOM Conference on Sport Tourism in Barbados examined a number of options in respect of the potential that exists in the Caribbean for the systematic development of a viable industry that adds value to the respective national economies.

The meeting lamented the seeming inability of some countries to take full advantage of what currently exists.

Sports Tourism – the state of affairs

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Tourism has long been considered a major contributor to the economy of many of the nations of the world. There are some countries that have taken the decision that since they lack vital; mineral resources and they are unable to make much headway with secondary industries emanating from primary agricultural production, to place emphasis on the gifts of nature by establishing a sound tourism industry.

Here in the Caribbean, for example, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Anguilla and Bermuda all appear to have shifted to tourism as the single most important industry that underpins the national economy.

TASVG – 2009 and beyond

TASVG – 2009 and beyond

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On Saturday last, 12 December 2009, Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines (TASVG) hosted its annual Awards Ceremony.

The activity was intended to celebrate the organisation’s achievements during the year whether at the level of athletes, coaches, technical officials, volunteers or administration.  In general terms the TASVG commended itself for being able to move forward in 2009.

Governments and sports development

arnos-valeThe issue of government’s involvement in sport has attracted many an enthusiastic analyst across the globe for decades. Indeed, at its most recent Congress, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) focused some attention on this aspect of international sport.

Mandates

Governments see themselves as having been elected by the people to govern. This is their mandate. Part of that mandate is to facilitate the health of the nation.

It has long been argued that the right to health care is a fundamental right of every human being. There are many ways in which the government of any nation seeks to facilitate the general well being of its population. While many governments expend resources on the provision of appropriate curative facilities there has been increasing emphasis placed on the preventive approach. Part of this preventive approach involves the promotion of physical education and sport.

Challenges to sport gaining ground

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The world of sport has been undergoing change for as far back as we could remember. We can argue that sport is in a state of perpetual change. At different points in time the factors impacting change in sport may be far removed from what obtained previously. Of one thing we are always certain and that is change in the wide and wonderful world of sport.

There are those who would suggest that there are always major challenges confronting sport. In the Caribbean we are not always in a position to adequately deal with the challenges posed to us in the wider global sporting community. Somehow we seem less prepared than our counterparts elsewhere in the world. To some it seems that we remain backward compared to the rest of the world.