Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 3rd 2015 Contents A38
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Here we go again were the words
that entered my mind. Comess
blared the headlines, and once again
sport is aligned to bacchanal! And
it s connected to the auditor general s
report, this time the Sport and Cul-
ture Fund report for the years 2005
What s particularly galling about all
of this is that national sport organisa-
tions that are making herculean efforts
to answer the transparency, account-
ability and good governance bell are
exposed to the outright hypocrisy and
double standards that seems so preva-
lent at this time.
At every turn, in both the private
and public sector, any proposal for
funding support is greeted with the
requirement for audited accounts as
national sport organisations are quite
rightly held to a high standard.
Yet when the mark buss, the
hypocrisy and double standards are
there for all to see.
Corruption, poor governance and
double standards are not values that
go hand in hand or that align with sport
values and the integrity of sport.
National sport organisations that are
serious about their brand and main-
taining and protecting their brand values
and integrity, must stay away from
associating with companies, entities or
organisations that don t reflect the val-
ues of sport. They have to stand strong
and say no.
The desperate need for funding
shouldn t come at the price of brand
integrity or brand values. It matters not
the quantum of money on offer. There
are ethical, principle-based private and
public companies. Sport organisations
need to align with and seek out those
partnerships and alliances.
It s frustrating for those who are try-
ing to do things by ethical standards
to witness those who show the will-
ingness to turn a blind eye, pinch their
nose and do anything for money or
other inducements, reaping the ben-
Stakeholders within sport need to
become more vocal and activist oriented
about wanting corruption free sport.
Those who sincerely want to clean
up the image of sport must say stop
the hypocrisy and double standards
and expose those who intend to hide
their real motive, which is to evade
scrutiny and hide behind claims of
being democratic and transparent.
Strong efforts need to be made
to protect the good name and
image of sport.
Comess, bacchanal and corrup-
tion aren t the values of sport.
Changes do not happen overnight
but will take time.
Certain qualities are needed if
we are to achieve ten Olympic Gold
medals by the year 2024.
Number one is attitude. You
have to have a never say die atti-
tude. You have to have a no short-
Then there is honesty: We have
to admit that we have to learn.
Too many of us aren t willing to
admit that we don t know that we
don t know.
We need to have a plan and work
according to that plan.
We have a big goal and that is
to win gold medals. Success is not
measured on the destination, it is
not the end result, and it is con-
stant. You have a goal, and then
you need to plan your path to
achieving that goal.
We need to have athletes who
can deal with that kind of pressure
that comes with striving to be the
best they possibly can be.
The question we must ask our-
selves every time we do something
is will this make us better? If it
doesn t make us better then we
don t do it. If it does, we do it
again and again and again.
Striving to achieve a goal means
that we are not at the mercy of
the things that matter the least.
We have to stay away from
things that can distract us.
Comess, bacchanal, corruption
and poor undemocratic governance
and governing are distractions that
if left to rule the roost will prove
We need a rest from the negative
headlines whenever sport is men-
Brian Lewis is president of the
T&T Olympic Committee. The
views expressed in this col-
umn are not necessarily those
of the T&TOC.
Voices, genuine activists needed to help sport
River Raid 9, the hottest mountain
bike race in the country, organised by
the Rainbow Warriors Triathlon Club
(RWTC), takes places on Sunday at
8am at Chaguaramas.
In addition to the exciting run
through the trails near Samaan Park,
there will be mountain bike races for
children 15 and under and the Elite and
Fun/Sport class mountain bike races
for 16 years and older.
Athletes will be competing for both
cash prizes, trophies, finishing medals
and boasting rights.
The adult mountain bike race should
attract 70 to 80 mountain bikers and
teenage sensation and favourite Peter
Sellier is expected to dominate the Open
Class race, in the absence of US rider
Drew Esdell, 32, who won last year in
1.00.29, with Sellier finishing seven
seconds behind him. The top lady rider,
Tamiko Butler of Antigua will also be
in the mix to defend her title.
The trail run is expected to see more
keen competition from Shane Barran
who won by .01 seconds last year ahead
of Shirvan Baboolal who finished in
19:13. Seventeen-year-old triathlete,
Joshua Ho, who won the TTTF Sprint
Keep-fit last Sunday, placed fourth last
year in 21:24, and is expected to better
his time and placing this year.
"The trails are marked off for anyone
to practice on and will be cleaned again
on Friday," said race organiser Jason
Gooding, "and we are looking forward
to a fast, fun and exciting race. One
day soon, I expect to see young Peter
Sellier representing this country at the
highest level in this sport. He is ded-
icated, hard-working and very talent-
Sponsors for the event include
Bermudez Wheat Crisps, Fujitsu,
ArcelorMittal, CDA, Blue Waters,
Gatorade, Odessey Timing, Subway
and Mike s Bikes.
River Raid trail run
and ride on Sunday
THINGS THAT MATTER
For more information go to
or call; 784-4128.
It's frustrating for those who are trying to do
things by ethical standards to witness those
who show the willingness to turn a blind eye,
pinch their nose and do anything for money
or other inducements, reaping the benefits.
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