Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 4th 2015 Contents A50
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, December 4, 2015
As much as I have tried, it is difficult to understand
the vast transformation that is taking place in every
aspects of sports in T&T.
I will admit that many of the changes which took
place from one era to another in various sporting dis-
ciplines, had brought moments of joy, disappointment
and more recently, anger.
Early in my career, the novelty of my involvement
in football and cricket, few could have led me towards
any other discipline, although my love for table tennis,
field hockey and golf held some of my attention.
Between 15 and 22
years, my friends, club
colleagues and the cadre
of sportsmen and
women in those days,
were delighted to par-
ticipate. Winning was
the joy and losing was
to learnt lessons from.
Take a leap over 50
years and fall into a
quagmire of disorgan-
ised sporting activity,
filled with those who
are either in search of
power to lead, desire to
earn a living even if they were unqualified to perform
duties pertaining to any discipline.
Maybe the delight which was uppermost in my
heart over the years, has been changed into a new
image of sport which resembles portions, of indiscipline,
mismanagement, grab for power without the knowledge
to handle the job specs.
By this time, those who were in the golden era of
sport at all levels, will have endured a similar degree
of pain and an absence of absolute entertainment
among the outstanding athletes of the desire to earn
money, fight for power and ignore the virtues of what
a true outstanding athletes is about.
The past two weeks have brought to the attention
of sports fans, some of the most dreadful nuances
which have entered the sporting arena.
From the disastrous confusion in cricket, where the
deeds of the WICB, the TTCB, the players plus the
group of interested persons who have recognised the
chaos that West Indies cricket has now become.
No one wishes to take advise from the level headed
experts who are offering a solution to the mess that
From a group of irresponsible WI selectors to the
board which selected them in the first place, neither
understand the moral ethics of professional commu-
nication and dialogue, where decisions are made
through a democratic process and the final plan is
endorsed in the collective manner. Many believe that
a quick word to the media will make them heroes,
even though the reaction of disgust, bad blood and
all forms of disunity, have taken the limited appearance
of ability, into competition and has led to disastrous
Be consoled "Cricket", the second major sport foot-
ball, is right behind, where international forms of cor-
ruption had reached our corridors and names from
this tiny island now bitterly adorns the newspapers,
radio, and TV, with accusations, arrests, and court
matters in waiting. Thankfully, many of the top players
in our national teams are now employed abroad and
rapidly developed a maturity and commitment which
have brought some semblance to a progressive state
at the Gold Cup and World Cups.
Our recent Football general election was a replica
of elections in the political environment, where can-
didates for positions of power are literal strangers of
the expertise needed for a sports management pro-
grammes. A new constitution which has not been
carefully studied by the stakeholders, but advanced
to the election day with little or no information as to
what plans are in the minds of the contenders.
Few could have detected those who should not have
had the permission to cast a vote for their club or
group, simply because they are indebted to the arms
Changes in character of our sport
of the TTFA at the time of voting day.
Because it is not my wish to expose this
deplorable situation, I will leave it to your
imagination, if only because no one cared to
divulge the true facts about the accounting
system of any of the groups of the Associ-
ation. There was a mad rush to get that out
of the way, because our national teams had
two international engagements within four
days after the new administration.
And from the coaches bench comes news
of the dissatisfaction among the players as
to adequate training and where the funds
were coming from.
One coach saw it necessary to be critical
of the organisation, while some key players
addressed the matter in the media.
To add insult to injury, an American coach
in charge of our National Womens team
decides to select a team, have it announced
without him putting his foot into the country.
It is not the first time this situation took
place and the act was probably forgiven
because the team made a great effort to qual-
ify for the finals of the tournament.
I suppose that this gives him the right to
do as he pleases, but if a local coach misses
a session, he may find himself without a job
for which he may not even have been paid
on time. And while our friends in the admin-
istration mode are battling for power, a former
women s coach Even Pelleruud, who parted
from the job some time ago because he was
not being paid, later reports it to the Fifa
which has now placed the country in a posi-
tion of facing a ban if the funds are not paid.
However, who cares about these issues?
funny enough, there are many more of these
issues of non-payment to managers and
other officials. I do not envy the new pres-
ident, but I am dreadfully concerned about
the future of our football.
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