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Sports need qualified, experience leaders

Friday, February 23, 2018
Alvin Corneal

I have often thought about the people who have decided to put their hats into the ring for efforts to join the leadership of sporting disciplines.

For some strange reason, there is apparent doubt as to the precise definition of any type of education pertaining to sport, technical, administration or managerial.

With the confused state of our sporting disciplines, it is clear that we are way short of personnel who can practice the quality of administrative competency in order to achieve the goals for which our athletes are aiming.

Recently, our four-time Olympian Richard Thompson, an Olympic silver medallist, was forced to use the media in order to expose the details of his commitment regarding the programme which was designed to develop the youth of the nation, but was not compensated for his share of expertise.

My first impression of this predicament was the great job that Richard was doing and the exposure of his absolute desire to produce great athletes.

However, the question of payment confrontation between an officer from the Ministry of Sport and Richard was not something which should ever have occurred. This project done by Richard, should have been done with the support of the NAAA, which should be the negotiators on his behalf, whether it was the Ministry of Sport or interested corporate Sponsors.

The National associations are constantly failing to accept responsibilities for the participants under their affiliation. In the first place, the agreement should have been cemented finally even before the job was done.

Maybe, the balance of our athletes who are reaching the sunset of their careers will not wish to face similar situations and the country's youth will be deprived of the opportunity to receive the expertise of the successful ones.

Let's not forget about the distasteful, unnecessary incident with regards to the constitutional problems of the T&T cricket board which has reached courts for a solution, but was eventually placed into the hands of three persons - a Judicial Review Committee which was expected to submit its report yesterday.

The constitution of the TTCB should have been sufficient to bring some level of sanity to the board.

We all know that personality clashes and bouts of animosity among the administrators have distorted the issue, one which could have been dealt with in quite the same way by similar personnel some six months ago.

Sporting organizations and its membership must find way and avenues to address disagreements and challenges that will not affect the sport, the athletes and most of the image of T&T.

We also have Table Tennis and Badminton all seeking to have matters and issues settle by the Law of the land. This should never be, never.



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