It remains an amazing but sickly saddening reality that the nation's most rapidly declining sport should be given pride of place by those in authority while adherents of the most popular sport languish, scrambling to find at least a blade of grass somewhere to practice and offer opportunities to the nation's young.
It appears that the authorities here are committed to the development of cricket almost at the expense of the other more rapidly developing sporting disciplines.
Cycling et al
The leadership of the seeming minor sports of cycling, boxing, volleyball and table tennis have been hard at work seeking out appropriate venues to cultivate their respective sports. They have met with mixed success.
Cycling has been promised a velodrome out at Diamond at a location that seems woefully unsuited to the practice of this sport. Indeed, the cycling projects seems so remote that the likes of Trevor ‘Sailor' Bailey, the local cycling boss, may not see it come to fruition in his lifetime, even if he lives to be eighty or ninety. The sport lacks training venues and while the sport has been performed on grass surfaces such as the Kensington Oval in Barb
ados, the Queen's Park Ovals in both Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada and the Antigua Recreation Ground, here in St Vincent and the Grenadines the argument has always been that cycling will kill the grass. It never killed the grass anywhere else in the Caribbean but it will do so in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Boxing has only recently been given access to a facility to train. For the past year and more it has been utilising the hard court at Bishop's College Kingstown, a very difficult undertaking. Its demands for a ring have fallen on deaf ears for the most part. Of course previous leaders of the sport are partly to blame for having left the ring in disarray at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex for several years without looking back. Still, boxing has not enjoyed the overwhelming support from governmental authorities here including the National Sports Council.
Table tennis has been given access to the old building that once housed the Government Printery. The place in woefully inadequate but has been used nonetheless for attracting new adherents to the sport in the recent past. The ability of many school children in the Kingstown area to gain easy access to the sport each day may well be a critical factor in the growth and eventual development of table tennis in St Vincent and the Grenadines.