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As much as it was laudable for the budg-
et statement 2014/15 to acknowledge sport
development as the sixth (6th) component
for establishing an inclusive society, it
regretfully fell short of providing important
details as to how this development will
take place. The information does not pro-
vide a basis as to assess the developments
that have made as well as a means to assess
the plans for the future. Maybe the Min-
ister of Sports in his contribution to the
budget debate will provide some of the
following detailed information:
i) To what extent is the enabling frame-
work comprising of infrastructure, man-
agement and coaching, talent building, the
welfare of athletes and sport tourism has
been completed? What is the model that
is informing the formation of this frame-
ii) Is there a clearly defined conceptual-
ization and plan to promote sports tourism?
If so, how is this plan to be rolled out over
the next fiscal year in the first instance?
What activities have been used over the
past fiscal year to promote sports tourism?
What have been the benefits and the chal-
lenges? What measures are to be undertaken
improve over the previous year?
iii) How much monies have been expend-
ed on the elite athlete programme? How many athletes
have benefitted? Which sporting discipline/s has
received the largest support and why? How is the
return on the investment being measured?
iv) With the 2016 Rio Olympics 2 years away, what
funding is be allocated to the athletes who are more
likely to not just participate in the Games but are
actually likely to medal? Is there an active working
arrangements with the TTOC that clearly identifies
a strategy to win medals in 2016?
v) The annual $36.2 million to be expended to
support the development of football throughout the
country is welcomed. However, no other sporting
disciplines must be deprived of funding to develop
their sporting infrastructure and sport.
vi) What were the estimated costs and actual costs
of upgrading the 5 multi-purpose stadia? Is there
proper oversight in these projects? Is there a main-
tenance plan for these facilities and others being built
so to reduce any unnecessary costs of upgrade in the
future? Given normal usage when is the next schedule
of maintenance to take place?
vii) How much financial assistance have been pro-
vided to national sporting bodies? Which sporting
bodies have received the bulk of the assistance and
why? Are sporting bodies efficient in providing their
respective budgets and accompanying documenta-
viii) How many sporting groups have received
financial assistance over the last fiscal year? Who
are these groups and what have the assistance been?
ix) The increased participation in various sporting
disciplines as stated in the budget requires quantifi-
cation. Is there any robust reliable data that shows
how much participation has increase or decrease by
in various sporting disciplines across age, gender,
social class, geography and ethnicity?
x) What is the plan to utilise the increased number
of upgraded recreational grounds with floodlights
throughout the country to increase participation in
sports and physical activities? If sports is to play a
role in creating a more inclusive society, then sports
for development must have a clearly identifiable plan
with targets and measurement of progress.
xi) More details of the proposed Trinidad and
Tobago National Games have to be provided. For
instance information has to be provided as to its pur-
pose, intended benefits, and why only cricket, football,
netball, basketball and athletics. Will it be doing any-
thing new from what already exist? Duplication of
scarce resources is uneconomical. Are other sporting
disciplines to be included?
xii) When are the National Aquatic Centre, National
Tennis Centre and the National Cycle Centre are to
be completed? Are these mega projects within budget?
Are the plans afoot to market these facilities to attract
international athletes on a continuous basis so as to
contribute to their overall management? Are there
plans to construct 4-5 star hotels, shopping areas
among other amenities in the vicinity of the National
Aquatic Centre and National Cycle Centre in Couva?
These will be required to form part of any marketing
strategy when approaching international athletes and
teams to choose the facilities for their training. Addi-
tionally, these supporting facilities will be required
when hosting international events.
xiii) What is the status of the Brian Lara stadium?
Is it an official expensive white elephant to constantly
remind taxpayers that grandeur ideas may not always
bear fruits!!! What guarantees are there in place to
ensure the three state of art sporting facilities that
being constructed will not be another the Brian Lara
xiv) What were the sporting benefits of the Life-
Sport programme? How much monies have been
spent on the Hoop of Life Programme? What are
the tangible benefits of the programme as related to
its objectives? Was the programme necessary?
Detailed information on the aforementioned com-
ments and questions should provide a starting basis
for establishing a long-term development of sports
and sports for development programme for the coun-
Budget lacks details on sports
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