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George Bernard Shaw is famously
recorded as having said, "the single biggest
problem in communication is the illusion
that it has taken place." Never has this
quote rung truer than in the realisation
that the archiving of sports in this country,
is likely to follow in the same footsteps as
the Brian Lara Stadium---done, gone but
not forgotten. What a pity!
It will be there for all to see at
www.sportarchivestt.com, but like the
Tarouba facility, will remain an eyesore,
simply because nobody takes sport seriously
in this country.
Two days after he assumed office, Min-
ister of Sport, Darryl Smith, walked into
the studio at i95, and spoke proudly of lega-
cies. He went so far as to point out that the
Prime Minister was a keen sports fan. Lega-
cies, he boasted were important to him and
gave a commitment that the archives would
not be allowed to go to waste.
As I watched the First Citizens Foundation
demonstrate leadership with their Hall of
Fame inductions, I felt sad to know that the
archives are slowly becoming dated.
I have received numerous calls as to why
the site has been left idle and today I appeal
to the Minister to at least keep the file cur-
rent. Following are some excerpts from an
article that was written earlier this year
when the Minister assumed office.
Three months later....you be the judge!
"For too long, sport in this country has
been neglected. People have trampled on
sport, as if it was an afterthought, without
due care and consideration. For too long,
we have all stood back and allowed this to
we too, were
due to be read
on October 5,
there is a lot of
finally get its
just reward, and
if early indica-
tors can be fol-
lowed, the cur-
Smith appears intent on listening first, and speaking
Recently on Isports, Smith expressed interest in
establishing closer communications with the athletes
of this country, and ensuring that they remained in
focus. It is a laudable expression and acknowledgement
of a starting point for improving sport. But alas, it
is easy to talk in the early days.
It is interesting that all of the guests on i95.5fm
on Saturday also believed that sport has a lot of work
to do to convince the "elite" in this country of its
significance and importance.
Investigative journalist Lasana Liburd stated that
sport always seemed to be the outside child.
Guardian sports editor, Valentino Singh, was
emphatic in his condemnation saying that people
do not seem to realise that sport was the greatest
unifier in the country.
Respected media personality, Anthony Harford,
was also clear: "We always tend to get some light-
weight in this role, lacking experience..."
These are all powerful words which express fully
the state of mind of each of these sport oriented
individuals. Taken collectively, they cast a dark shadow
over the running of sport in the past, not only the
last five years.
Minister Smith listened attentively and probably
took mental notes but going forward, this country
will expect more action and results from his min-
As was stated on the night, one prime example of
the lack of care for sports was the state of the Sporting
Archives, which was unceremoniously curtailed by
a lack of funds and therefore a loss of resources, with
researchers not being paid. This is an ongoing project,
which is not only of benefit to youngsters, but all of
T&T, as it seeks to tell by words, video, pictures and
many other means, the history and achievements of
our sporting heroes.
It is a travesty that this facility had to wait so many
years to find a place in our history. But having received
so much attention, we need to ensure that the legacy
of our sporting population is not forgotten.
As a progressive country, how is it possible not to
have relevant data on all who have represented T&T?
The world cares about Hasely Crawford, Brian
Lara, Dwight Yorke, Ato Boldon, Keshorn Walcott,
the 1979 Netball World Champions team led by Sherril
Peters, George Bovell, Richard Thompson and the
thousands of others who wore our national colours
over the years. What a better reference point than
the national archive. It is already a well researched
and carefully put together facility and is crying out
for attention, if only to maintain its currency.
So we await the first step by the new minister and
should only judge him on his actions and most impor-
tantly, results. The sporting archive may be the spark
he needs to ignite the sporting community.
The final word, however, should reside with the
minister who, on the night, was quick to reveal that
in Prime Minister Dr Keith Christopher Rowley, this
country finally has a Prime Minister who cares about
In time, we shall tell and see if this is true.
Sporting archives---forgotten or forsaken?
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