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Programme Phase 1
Trinidad and Tobago
is at a crucial place.
People make deci-
sions on the basis of
agendas. It is about
what is convenient and
It matters not what
the truth may be. Once it serves their own agenda,
that s it!
Fairness and equity is dependent on interests of
those who believe that money and more money makes
the world go round and round.
Some are allowed the liberty to make mistakes
while others are not.
What makes the difference? One can only surmise.
But what is certain is it is never what it seems.
As the Olympic Movement both here at home and
globally comes closer to the August 5 Rio 2016
Olympic Games opening ceremony, the pace of prepa-
ration quickens. Coming with it all is the marketing
cycle whereby corporate interest in the Olympics is
building to a crescendo.
Olympic Committees worldwide are in negotiations
that will impact revenue generation.
The Olympic year phase always brings with it new
and old challenges.
There is no hiding the truth. Here in T&T there
has to be some mechanism in place to promote a
better situation for sport organisations as rights hold-
ers.There are many opportunities to afford citizens a
way to enjoy the Rio Olympics. Unlocking the oppor-
tunities require a willingness to engage those who
have an interest.
The TTOC has to figure out different and new
ways to create new Olympic fans and engage the
loyal ones. One gets a sense that the general interest
in the Olympics can grow. Creating different ways
to engage prospective partners with innovative plans
are important, given the changes in demographics,
including bringing fans to the digital intersection.
With Carnival 2016 history, it s full steam ahead
as the TTOC calendar kicks into high gear.
Qualifiers for the Rio Olympics will provide athletes
with a shot at their Olympic dream in the next
In all the frenzy, it is necessary to stay focused on
what will make a difference.
At Olympic House no day is the same. Add to the
in tray the Zika virus along with the usual variations
of problems to be solved, the Olympic road show is
on its way.
Let s not forget in all the heady stuff that the TTOC
good governance code initiative remains a focus. Get-
ting it done and done right by end of April is definitely
on the cards.
The findings and reports completed following Good
Governance Week November 2-7 last year will shortly
be circulated to all stakeholders.
The report, written by professor Leigh Robinson
of the University of Stirling sets out the findings of
the large number of discussions had with adminis-
trators, athletes, members of the media, and gov-
ernment. It sets out the context, highlights a number
of issues to do with governance of NSOs and proposes
a way forward.
Good Governance, athlete centred and market ori-
ented are the three strategic pillars driving the TTOC
forward. Turning back is not an option on the march
to 10 or more Olympic Gold medals by the year 2024.
BRIAN LEWIS is president of the T&T Olympic
Committee (TTOC). The views expressed are not
necessarily those of the Olympic Committee. Sup-
port #10 Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation
Fund. Purchase your Team TTO tee shirt from
any branch of The Fan Club.
MOSCOW---The former executive director
of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has
died, two months after resigning amid a
doping scandal that triggered the suspen-
sion of the country s track and field pro-
In a telephone interview with The Asso-
ciated Press on Monday, RUSADA spokes-
woman Nataliya Koshel confirmed that Niki-
ta Kamaev died on Sunday. He was 52.
"The preliminary cause of death was a
massive heart attack," RUSADA said in a
statement. Kamaev is the second former
senior RUSDA official to die this month.
Kamaev was "an experienced and under-
standing manager who was distinguished
by his high level of professionalism," the
agency said. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly
Mutko paid tribute to Kamaev for having
"created" Russia s anti-doping system.
"It s a very unexpected death. The man
seemed healthy and everything was fine,"
Mutko told Russia s R-Sport agency.
Former RUSADA general director Ramil
Khabriev told the Tass news agency he
believed Kamaev had died at home after
feeling pain in his chest following a session
of cross-country skiing.
Kamaev s death came less than two weeks
after another former RUSADA figure. Found-
ing chairman Vyacheslav Sinev, who left
the agency in 2010, died on February 3,
according to RUSADA, which didn t elab-
The World Anti-Doping Agency issued
a brief statement, saying it was "saddened"
to learn of the deaths of the two men.
Kamaev and Khabriev resigned in Decem-
ber as the Russian Sports Ministry pushed
for the agency to carry out reforms under
new leadership. That was a month after
RUSADA was stopped from conducting drug
tests when the World Anti-Doping Agency
declared it non-compliant with global anti-
at Olympic House
Leading Russian anti-doping official dies suddenly
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