Crisis in Vincentian sports
The problem is that while these developments have been taking place no one in authority at any level has seen it fit to bring the sporting bodies together to engage in meaningful dialogue about what is taking place and what can and should be expected to happen.
It is as though there is absolutely no respect for any sporting discipline other than cricket in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The nations most popular sport by a long way is football, yet no one in authority seems to be aware of this.
How is it then that the authorities here seem oblivious to this fact?
One can only conclude that the heads of those in authority are buried in the sand.
At times it does appear that the authorities are part of a broad-based conspiracy to force the nations children to give pride of place to cricket in their sporting lives as opposed to any of the other major outdoor sporting disciplines.
What else is one left to conclude?
Cricket cannot hold a candle to football in terms of popularity among the nations youths, yet the NSC spends infinitely more time preparing fields for cricket weekly than for football.
Over the years the NSC has spent much of its time employing and training personnel to learn how to prepare cricket wickets across the nation. It is the only sporting discipline that the NSCs employees can prepare internally. They cannot mark a track for athletics or lay out a jumping pit. They cannot mark out a netball, tennis or volleyball court.
They certainly cannot mark a football field.
Why is this?
It is not reflective of the cricket bias of the NSC as an institution that has a mandate to develop and maintain the nations sports facilities?
When the nations most popular sport, football, is stymied by the gross incompetence of those responsible for the nations sporting facilities at the highest level, the consequences will be felt everywhere.
It all seems so very unfair.