Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 9th 2015 Contents The historical legitimacy and rich
heritage of the sporting spirit must
be kept alive.
To do so requires a profound trans-
formation in the process of reposi-
tioning sport. Sport leaders have the
serious responsibility to protect and
harness the unique heritage and tra-
ditions while pursuing the challenge
of integrating sport within contem-
porary society. It requires striking the
right balance between perpetuating
tradition while at the same time mod-
ernising sport governance and man-
Sport has extended its horizons and
has benefitted from the considerable
revenue generated by its undoubted
popularity. Sport leaders have an enor-
mous fiducary obligation, duty and
To marshall your talent, joy, passion
for the sport of your choice and just
give it your all is the core of the sport-
ing spirit. A desire to be exceptional
makes champions think differently
from the way most people think. But
there is a simplicity to it all. Doing
your best with what you have.
The ideas people choose to have
about themselves determine the life
In Lausanne, the Olympic capital
of the world, the recent days have
been a period of introspection coming
on the heels of the Fifa scandal. Lau-
sanne hosts over 50 international
sports federations and organistions.
The Association of National
Olympic Committees (ANOC) Com-
mission meetings and the inauguration
of ANOC s headquarters were dom-
inated by the FIFA conversations.
The response to the negativity has
been one of determination to over-
come the situation. The Olympic
Movement, having come through the
Salt Lake Bribery scandal, knows what
needs to be done.
Life is a collection of experiences.
Every setback, every negative expe-
rience makes you stronger. Its one
of a number of life lessons you learn
from an involvement in sport.
Sport teaches you to be motivated
and inspired as you strive to develop
and improve yourself.
Edgar Davids said learning and
experiencing that every injury you
come back from makes you stronger.
In the process of healing you redis-
cover yourself. You have to be mentally
strong to fight your way back into a
team after an injury.
To be successful you have to invest
in your success and give it your all
every single day.
Many of the things that are impor-
tant in sport are important in other
areas of life.
The FIFA scandal is an opportunity
not only for football but all of world
sport to reflect and grow and learn
from the experience.
Champions don t let setbacks,
obstacles and mistakes derail their
Striving for success is no less a
laudable objective simply because of
a major high profile debacle and
Sport is developing all the time.
Better administrators. Better coaches.
Better athletes. Better sport.
The question is are we doing every
thing possible and is what were doing
now the right way to make success
Unless you identify the things that
bring real benefit a lot of time can be
wasted in meetings and discussions.
Think not in terms of mistakes but
solutions. Improvement is an ongoing
Sports credibility is under attack.
Defending sport requires a re focusing
on the values of sport and the sporting
spirit. This awareness has to begin
with national and international sport
Federations and organizations.
Some where along the way the
sporting spirit has gone out of the
heart of many who were expected to
hold close to their bosom the best
interest of sport.
Sport Matters. It is important that
sport leaders make sense of the non-
Brian Lewis is the President of the
Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Com-
mittee. The views expressed are not
necessarily those of the Olympic
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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 9, 2015
THINGS THAT MATTER
is under attack
To marshall your
talent, joy, passion for
the sport of your
choice and just give it
your all is the core of
the sporting spirit. A
desire to be
differently from the
way most people
think. But there is a
simplicity to it all.
Doing your best with
what you have.
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