National Sports Council
The NSC remains far too political to gain the admiration and confidence of the national sports associations.
The NSC asks annually for national sports associations to submit a number of what should otherwise be important documents. Many governing bodies of sport have found that the document they submitted is hardly ever used by the organisation – the NSC. The annual calendars submitted seem to have little bearing on what obtains at the various venues in the country. While Athletics, for example, submits its annual Calendar four or five months prior to the beginning of the new year, it is often the case that Cricket, which is often much later in its submission, gets priority treatment.
The fact that in the case of 2008 Cricket did not get an early start to its season has nothing to do with the programme submitted by other sporting disciplines requesting the use of existing facilities. Unfortunately, however, one is likely to hear comments to the effect that Cricket started late and therefore cannot afford to give up a Saturday at this time to Athletics. Whose decision is it to make? The NSC. Athletics utilises no more than five or six full Saturdays for the entire year. This should therefore be quite easy to locate within an annual Calendar as the NSC chooses to organise one and have it published following receipt of the submissions of national sports associations and a discussion with all concerned. The NSC, however, publishes no such Calendar and no meeting of minds takes place.One can hazard a guess that the pending conflict between some of the sporting disciplines in terms of requests for and actual access to playing fields may well be one of the reasons for the meeting that is slated for tomorrow. It is an ad hoc meeting and not a planning meeting. A planning meeting should have been scheduled as early as October or November of 2007, if we were serious about planning for 2008.
It is the failure of the NSC to plan that gives rise to the annual frustration experienced by some sporting disciplines.
Another case in point is the fact that the NSC, from inception, has displayed and maintained a decidedly Cricket bias. The only ones who do not see this bias are the members of the NSC themselves regardless of which political generation they belong.
Cricket often gets fields that are well prepared. Here we mean the playing strip as well as the outfield. All other sporting disciplines played at the NSC facilities at Arnos Vale, for example, have to be prepared by the respective national associations.
National Sports Council