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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
The year 2015 is about to say
bye bye. What a tumultuous 12
months it has been.
For most sport fans, their
memorable moments would
surround the FIFA scandal and
the IAAF revelations regarding
Both stories stole the thunder
from the many outstanding
achievements on the field.
Closer to home, the FIFA
debacle touched the Caribbean.
Ongoing governance issues
within local national sport
organisations made it centre
The majority of fans found
themselves in a frame of mind
where they did not differentiate
but made the assumption that
the acts of a comparative few
had tainted all.
It is left to be seen how the
sport world will straighten things
The International Olympic
Committee (IOC) is heavily pro-
moting its agenda 2020 empha-
sis on the importance of good
governance, linking the issue to
the autonomy of sport organ-
Inside of the Basic Principles
of Good Governance for Sports
Organisations, transparency is
The IOC is taking the respon-
sibility to implement within its
own governance increased trans-
One of the measures the IOC
has introduced as part of its
enhanced transparency is its
indemnity policy for the IOC
members and the IOC president.
The policy is in accord with
the status of the IOC as a not-
for-profit organisation and that
of the IOC member, including
the IOC president.
Because of the volunteer sta-
tus, the principle applied is that
the IOC members and president
should not financially benefit
from their positions.
There are other considerations
specific to the role of IOC pres-
ident that come into play includ-
ing a recognition that according
to the obligations and rights
attributed to the IOC president
in the Olympic Charter, the role
has the function of that required
365 days a year commitment.
The main point in highlighting
the particular matter of increas-
ing transparency is the sugges-
tion that a lack of transparency
would have been a contributing
factor to the year of scandals in
Improving sport governance
will remain a priority for the
T&T Olympic Committee
(TTOC) in 2016.
The IOC S role includes the
• Lead the fight to protect
• Encourage and promote
ethics and good governance in
• Promote sustainable devel-
• Support efforts to provide
for the social and professional
future of athletes
• Oppose political or com-
mercial abuse of athletes
• Encourage and support
measures related to the medical
care and health of athletes
• Act against any form of dis-
crimination affecting the
• Ensure the regular celebra-
tion of the Olympic Games.
To advance these goals, the
IOC is taking a number of
actions, including enacting
reforms to protect the unique
status of the Olympic Games.
The changes and reforms have
seen a greater emphasis on
transparency and good gover-
The TTOC is duty bound to
This evening the TTOC will
host its Annual Awards Gala.
The ceremony will be held at
the Hyatt Regency Hotel Ball-
room, Port-of-Spain. Start time
Brian Lewis is the president
of the T&T Olympic Commit-
tee (TTOC). The views ex-
pressed are not necessarily
those of the Olympic Com-
mittee. Support #TeamTTO
athletes. Buy #TeamTTO T-
shirts at any branch of Fan
Club. All proceeds go to
@TTOlympic #10 Golds24
Athlete Welfare and Prepara-
Goodbye to a tough year for sport
OKLAHOMA CITY---Oklahoma City s Russell West-
brook had 30 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds
to lead the Thunder back from an 11-point, sec-
ond-half deficit to beat Denver 122--112 on Sunday.
The Thunder pushed their lead in the Northwest
Division out to 7-1/2 games, while another important
result saw Boston beat New York to widen the gap
between the Atlantic Division rivals and move the
Celtics within a game of leader Toronto.
Westbrook s efforts were complemented by Kevin
Durant, who recorded his eighth double-double of
the season with 26 points and ten assists.
Oklahoma City shot a season-best 57.8 per cent
from the field. The Thunder trailed as late as the
8:13 mark of the fourth quarter before taking control
with an 11--2 run.
Kenneth Faried had 25 points and 11 points for the
Nuggets, who have lost five of their past six games
overall and six straight games at Oklahoma City.
Boston s Isaiah Thomas had a pair of key baskets
and finished with 21 points as the Celtics defeated
New York 100--91 and notched a fourth straight win.
Evan Turner scored 19 for Boston, whose late five-
point lead seemed vulnerable before Thomas had
consecutive driving baskets to push the gap to nine
and put the Celtics back in charge.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points
despite shooting just 11 of 26. New York shot just
37.1 per cent and lost its fourth straight.
Portland s CJ McCollum had 35 points, 11 rebounds
and nine assists to lead the Trail Blazers to a 98--94
win against Sacramento.
An accurate Memphis led from start to finish in
beating the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 112--96.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots in front of Denver
Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (1) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball
game in Oklahoma City, Sunday. Oklahoma City won 122--112. AP PHOTO
HOBART---Badly damaged and having come close
to withdrawing the giant American yacht
Comanche crossed the finish line yesterday to
take line honours in a storm-wracked Sydney to
The 100 foot supermaxi, owned by Netscape
founder Dr Jim Clark and skippered by Ken Read,
reached the line off Hobart s Constitution Dock at
10 pm local time to complete the 628 nautical mile
race in two days, eight hours, 58 minutes. It was
the first American winner since 1998.
Comanche was about 50 nautical miles ahead
of American rival Rambler 88 which also suffered
serious damage during a race from which a third
of the fleet withdrew, including favorite and eight-
time line honours winner Wild Oats XI.
Read also came close to withdrawing from the
race on its first night Saturday when Comanche
turned back to Sydney after striking an unknown
object, damaging its port rudder and dagger board.
"All of a sudden (there was) a big bang and a
lot of crunching carbon fiber," Read told Australia s
Seven Network while still at sea on Monday. "Before
you know it we had a dagger board that was trying
to break a hole in the bottom of the hull and trying
to rip our rudder out at the time same time.
"It wasn t ideal. We really thought we were out
of the race at the time."
Read radioed the race director at the Cruising
Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney to say Comanche
would be pulling out, then had second thoughts
and decided the yacht and crew had come too far
to give up. That decision forced the crew to learn
to sail the yacht in an entirely new way, avoiding
long periods on starboard tack.
Read told reporters on arrival in Hobart that it
hadn t yet been possible to determine the extent
of the damage to Comanche.
"I ve gone around the world a couple of times
and I don t think I ve come into a dock...as wounded
as this boat is," Read said.
"We don t even know what the underbody looks
like. I have a feeling we ve got some pretty big
Co-owner and navigator Kristy Hinze-Clark said
the moment when the damage occured on Saturday
night had been frightening but the crew quickly
"There was a bunch of emotions that went on:
pure terror at one stage, excitement and now just
total joy and fulfilment," Hinze-Clark said. "It s
one of the best things I ve ever done."
Rambler, which was due to finish tomorrow
morning, also suffered serious dagger board damage
when it struck a submerged object on Saturday
night as it led the race, before seeing Comanche
slide slowly past. With about 100 miles to run,
Rambler was only 16 miles behind Comanche but
the gap broadened as the leading yachts approached
the finish in the island state of Tasmania.
Rambler slid further behind and saw its hope of
line honours fade while it remained in contention
to win the overall race prize on handicap, which
factors in a yacht s size.
The third-placed yacht, Australian supermaxi
Ragamuffin also suffered damage after high winds
and heavy seas struck the fleet on the first night
out from Sydney. Ragamuffin lost its port dagger
board when it crashed heavily off a wave and also
had to improvise to continue in the race, gradually
losing ground on Comanche and Rambler.
"Basically you can t sail without it so what we ve
done, which is quite dangerous, is we pulled the
starboard dagger board out and drilled a hole in
it and then we turned it upside down and dropped
it in the other side," sailing master David Witt said.
"So tacking is a bit of a process for us and a
little bit dangerous for us at times."
takes Sydney to
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