So, the facilities of Arnos Vale, Sion Hill and Stubbs are our treasured CWC2007 legacies and the footballers will have a torrid time getting access at will.
A new agreement between the National Sports Council, NSC, and the local Cricket Association has seen a new deal in respect of the Buccament playing field for use of the Stanford 20/20 monies.
The cricket buffs are licking their lips in pleasure while the footballers are being marginalised.
One wonders whether there is not a concerted effort to kill the game of football in St Vincent and the Grenadines given the madness that has taken place via the CWC2007.
It is of course sheer madness when one takes a closer look at what has in fact happened.
The nation’s most popular sport by a very long way now finds itself on the fringes largely because of the prejudiced approach of a select few steeped in their love of a game that has long since lost its popularity in the State.
Football has no single field that it can call home.
We should not at all express surprise at the vexed relations that players of the game of football now have with all sports administrators at the governmental level.
The reality is that it appears reasonable to believe that in their desire to facilitate the select few in the sport of cricket the Government has virtually abandoned the nation’s most popular sport.
It would not be long therefore before we see a return to those old days where the football fraternity turn on the authorities with venom that hurts where it matters most.
What has happened in sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines in the past several months is nothing short of a sort of blighted ignorance bred out of a callous disregard and disrespect for anything other than cricket.
Cricket has been dubbed the game of gentlemen and so it has always been associated with class.
In the recent past, especially in the Caribbean, the class component of the game is not with the players, many of whom come from the lower echelons of the society. Today’s cricket sees the social class being present in the leadership of the respective governing bodies for the sport. These leaders understand the importance of maintaining the class structure within the sport and so the leadership essentially revolves around members of the higher social classes everywhere.