Under the ULP the revised National Sports Policy was dealt with under Ref Cabinet Memo 421/05. It was dated 15 November 2005.
Neither the previous administration nor the current one appears to appreciate the content of the Policy.
If for example the Government has approved the Policy then we should experience no problems with its implementation. That is not the case.
In St Lucia and Grenada the Government does not only waive departure taxes for teams and individuals on national sports duty they also waive the ticket taxes. There is every reason for us to do likewise given the Government’s very limited contributions to team travel in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
National Sports Policies are generally regarded as critical tools pointing the way ahead for sports in the wider context of genuine national development. Unfortunately we are not anywhere near the rest of the world or the region in this regard.
Politicians seem to have a penchant for talk and little else. The hallowed halls of Parliament constitute a convenient Talk Shop.
The efforts of national sports associations to eke out an existence in the malaise that passes for Government’s commitment to sports must be commended. They strive to give the nation a broader international profile, one that is significantly higher than anything the politicians have thus far been able to offer.
The level of international recognition of Adonal Foyle, Ezra Hendrickson, Rodney Jack, Kineke Alexander and others who have made it on the international sports scene is infinitely more than that achieved by any of our renowned politicians. That is a fact. Sportspeople are infinitely more recognised and remembered than politicians.
It is unfortunate that sport has developed into a major industry in the rest of the world and fast developing in the region while we twiddle our thumbs and spout pathetic political platitudes in Parliament of a commitment to sport that is conspicuous by its absence in reality.