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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Eric Ramsarran and David Rams-
ingh led Munroe Road Masters Sports
Club to the WBI Construction
Ltd/Berts Sports Centre Over 50 T20
title at the Lange Park Recreation
ground, Chaguanas, on October 24.
Ramsarran struck 45, while Ramsingh
grabbed 2/17 in four overs to guide
Munroe Road to a five-wicket win over
Longdenville Touring Team.
Batting first, Longdenville made 133/4
after electing to bat first, with Shastri
Gopaul scoring 46 and Rick Ali con-
tributing 44. Ramsingh was ably sup-
ported by Navin Ramlogan, who
snatched 2/24 from four overs for
The Munroe Road Masters made light
work of the target, finishing on 135/5
with nine balls to spare. Rajnarine
Ragoonath cracked 27, supporting Ram-
sarran s top score. S Sahaphal was the
top bowler for Longdenville, taking 1/11
in four overs.
Unelected and unaccountable.
When the unelected flex their muscles
sport is less democratic. Free and fair
elections, it is argued, is the bulwark
of democracy in any sphere.
Any effort to promote and strengthen
democracy in sport governance must
be embraced no matter how bother-
some. Those who are appointed, or
self-appointed, dilute their legitimacy
when they either intentionally or unin-
tentionally frustrate democracy.
Do not underestimate the importance
of sport governance reform. Sport needs
governance reform and constitutional
Sport stakeholders deserve better. It
will not be easy, but stakeholders will
be unwise to turn a blind eye.
Participating in sport according to
the United Nations is a basic human
right. Then, if that is so, any deficit in
democracy and good governance under-
mines human rights.
Cynical manoeuvring sabotages
efforts to enhance and buttress good
Sport organisations undertaking sin-
cere efforts to reform their governance
will need understanding and support.
The process of governance reform is
not a simple one. It carries with it the
heavy baggage of culture and politics.
If we want to turn sport into a pos-
itive force that works for the betterment
of society the challenges of governance
reform must be met with poise and an
unflinching and resolute determination
Sport leaders and stakeholders must
Investing in the things that matter.
Different people and different perspec-
tives can make a bigger difference. Fresh
perspectives have to be encouraged.
No two sport organisations are ever
the same. Good governance drives sus-
tainable growth. As sport seeks to
AT LANGE PARK
Longdenville Touring Team 133/4
(20 overs) (Shastri Gopaul 46, Rick
Ali 44, David Ramsingh 2/17, Navin
Ramlogan 2/24) vs Munroe Road
Masters Sports 135/5 (18.3 overs)
(Eric Ramsarran 45, Rajnarine
Ragoonath 27, S Sahaphal 1/11)
Munroe Road won by five wickets.
Munroe Road Masters
crowned Over-50 champs
improve its services and running
of sport, innovation and technology
come into play.
Demanding excellence in oper-
ational and governance is not trou-
It is in my view essential that
sport establishes a reputation and
be recognised as having some of
the best operational and gover-
nance frameworks in the non-prof-
Driving governance policy and
guidelines and support and training
has to be core strategic priority.
National, regional, continental and
global sport organisations must
work towards shaping and securing
the future of sport.
Life is getting tougher for sport
organisations as the glare of social
media and probing scrutiny exacts
a reputational and credibility toll.
In such an environment a strong
governance structure will ensure
the fittest and strongest in respect
of governance will not just survive
Public faith in sport organisa-
tions suffered a severe blow as a
result of ongoing claims of poor
governance. Some suggest that
fears and concerns are overblown.
No matter what the divergent
views may be its an undeniable
fact that a sport sector that is per-
ceived and in actual fact reflecting
improved governance will generate
significant benefits to stakeholders.
In setting out and charting a course
for the coming years the main
message will be stronger and
Improved governance will have
big implications for sport.
Just imagine if sport organisa-
tions considered athletes, coaches
and stakeholders clients and made
quality client service a priority.
Redefine what is sport about?
Efficency, quality or service? Or
improving the quality of their
product and service offerings?
Creating opportunities for and
enhancing the lives of athletes and
coaches. Rather than complain
about the state of affairs innovate
and make things better.
Sport leaders can delegate
authority, but the responsibility is
Be it governance or other areas
sport organisations should see
themselves as yardsticks of quality.
A relentless drive to improve and
establishing standards of excel-
It all begins with improved gov-
The T&T Olympic Committee
(TTOC) Good Sport Governance
week began yesterday. A series of
meetings with National Sport
Organisations will be held. On
November 7, a good governance
workshop will be conducted by
Professor Leigh Robinson.
Brian Lewis is the president of
the T&T Olympic Committee. The
views expressed are not neces-
sarily those of the Olympic Com-
mittee. Support #10 Golds24
Athlete Welfare and Preparation
Fund. Make your donations at
any branch of Scotiabank ac-
count number 171188.
Munroe Road Masters Sports Club celebrate after winning the WBI Construction
Ltd/Berts Sports Centre Over-50 T20 title at the Lange Park Recreation ground,
on October 24.
Sport bodies must aspire to effective governing
THINGS THAT MATTER
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