Size in Caribbean sports conflict

It remains unfortunate that while many of us have emerged from the colonial experience and sought and obtained independent status, there are deep psychological wounds within. These have forced continued division between our islands.

"We do not have to vote on this matter. We are family.”

Today we are unfortunately still struggling within the IAAF over equality of status.

Today within our NACAC and indeed within the Global Athletics construct that is the IAAF, we still quibble over size.

In this Caribbean where we are all small compared to so many of the other nations of the world, we squabble over size. We have divided our Caribbean among large countries and small countries when what we consider large in our region is small beyond it.

It is unfortunate that we have missed the point. In a region of largely small countries, St Lucia, with a mere handful of people, has produced the first two Nobel laureates in the Caribbean, Sir Arthur Lewis (economics) and Dr Derek Walcott (Literature). Only more recently did Trinidad and Tobago’s Vidia S Naipaul, win a Nobel prize (Literature).

The point is that as a people we ought not to continue to be myopic. We must not concern ourselves with the size of the landmass on which we were born or on which we live but rather on our individual capacity to strive after excellence in whatever field of endeavour we have chosen.

Where there is no vision a people would indeed perish. We are witnessing this reality in regional cricket once thought the force for genuine liberation of our peoples and the embodiment of our aspirations for growth and development as a region. The same is occurring in other sports.

The time has come for us to see each other as people, fellow human beings, each possessive of the potential to become a sports hero or technical official or administrator or political leader. Size of country of origin should never be considered a determining factor in who we are and who we become.

The time is ripe for fundamental change.