In 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.
In the previous Column published on Friday 17 April 2015 we addressed to matter of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) borrowing $6.5m from the National Insurance Services (NIS) ostensibly to upgrade sports facilities around St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The recent announcement of the National Lotteries Authority borrowing $6.5m from the National Insurance Services for the purpose of upgrading sports facilities around the country is cause for serious concern, especially among our young people who are keen on participating in and ultimately excelling in sport.
We have started a new year and one would hope that the respective national sports associations would have engaged themselves in making some resolutions that would significantly impact their overall performances going forward.
For several years attempts have been made in St Vincent and the Grenadines to bring coaches together to facilitate the development of a national coaches association. The intent has always been to engender camaraderie amongst an important segment of the sporting fraternity without whom no sport can genuinely develop.
Unfortunately, despite the numerous initiatives undertaken the country still remains without a coaches association.
Every national sports association in St Vincent and the Grenadines, as is the case elsewhere, must constantly seek innovative ways of facilitating its sustainability along a developmental pathway. Failure to do so would inevitably result in the collapse of the organization largely due to its declining appeal and relevance to the rapidly changing society in which it exists.
In the previous Column carried in The News newspaper dated Friday 29 August I addressed the matter of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) using the Test Match starting at Arnos Vale today between the West Indies and Bangladesh to test our readiness for the big league in international cricket.