Revisiting the National Sports Policy Part I

The absence of ASCs has meant that the NSC still engages in the archaic management of facilities where everything happens at and from the centre, located at Arnos Vale. The absence of an Operations Manager of substance has also militated against adequate analysis of the problems with the existing facilities as well as the production of appropriate maintenance and development plans and programmes.
Little or no analytical work is undertaken in respect of the Squash Complex or the National Tennis Centre by the NSC. Perhaps it is assumed that the respective national sports associations possess the required competencies to do this and to undertake whatever work is required.
Neither the public nor the national sports associations is privy to any annual assessment of the state of the sports infrastructure in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Work is carried out in a rather haphazard manner. The Grammar School Playing Field is often declared closed almost without warning and it is expected that the users must understand that the place had deteriorated and in need of restorative work. This is consistent with the absence of any comprehensive, intelligible approach to the management of the existing infrastructure. It is the reason why people fear the problems that have already begun to surface at Arnos Vale in terms of poor maintenance even before the Local Organising Committee demitted office. One need only pay a visit to the back of the bleachers on the south side and see the extensive damage being done to the steel girders by the salt from the sea.
It is incomprehensible that we can continue to speak of being in possession of a national sports policy that should serve as a guide to the way we design, develop, use  and maintain our sports infrastructure while almost totally ignoring it in practice.