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Is sports losing its integrity?
Last week at the Siga Sport Integrity
Forum in Rome—there was a lot of
candid discussion about sport gov-
ernance and the importance of gov-
ernance on the integrity of sport.
This came against a background
of the Larry Masser sex abuse scan-
dal and the seemingly never ending
Russian doping situation.
It’s proving to be a very challenge
period for global sport on all fronts,
on the field of competition and ad-
ministratively. The legitimacy of
sport leaders who are always under
significant public scrutiny for one
reason or another.
The question many are asking is
when will it end and what will it
take to bring an end to the inces-
In Rome, the Sport Integrity
Global Alliance Forum devoted sig-
nificant time discussing the many
views and opinions put forward, all
in an effort address the concerns
raised with in and around the
global sporting village.
A common theme no matter the
views expressed is the need for
greater diversity and inclusion at
the top of the table of global sport
Two specific areas highlighted
were gender and racial diversity.
That there is a need for both gender
and racial diversity should be obvi-
ous but for different reasons it’s not
an easy conversation.
Certainly here in T&T the trium-
virate of powerful women like our
President -elect Paula Mae Weekes,
House Speaker Brigid Annisette
George and Senate President Chris-
tine Kangaloo are a clear signal and
sign post of progress not just for
women, but with in the Republic of
T&T as a whole.
As President-elect retired Judge
Paula Mae Weekes said when pre-
sented with her Instrument of Elec-
tion—We have three women in the
room. “Without tokenism, we have
women holding high offices and
In presenting the instrument,
House Speaker Annisette-George
affirmed when thanking Presi-
dent-Elect Weekes, “Your elec-
tion to many, many young women
shows women can achieve any-
It’s an important and necessary
step in the development of T&T
that women accept the challenge of
The same can be said about
global and local sport governance.
More women must come forward
and take up the challenge. Against
the back ground of the colossal
governance failure and collapse of
many organisations .
The consequences in most cases
are borne by the youth and young
people and future generations.
Radical reform and transforma-
tion require a different mindset and
way of thinking.
It’s not to say that more women
in leadership will be a magic wand
that solves all our social and gov-
But certainly they can only do
better than what is in reality the
male dominated leadership and
governance failure across many
local and international organisa-
tions and institutions.
Diversity and inclusion is an im-
Glamorgan maintains its 100 percent
winning record in both the men and
women’s Premier Division of the T&T
Volleyball Federation Flow National
League on the weekend.
Playing at the Central Regional
Indoor Sports Arena, Saith Park,
Chaguanas, on Saturday, Glamorgan
women withstood a strong challenge
from Big South East Port-of-Spain
(SEPoS) 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 to improve
to a 2-0 record, while its opponent
dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Also on Saturday, West Side Stars
rebounded from its loss to Glam-
organ with a win by default over a
A day later at the same venue,
Glamorgan made it three wins from
as many outings by easing past Tech-
nocrats 25-8, 25-15, 25-15, while West
Side Stars came from behind to hum-
ble SEPoS 18-25, 25-23, 25-12, 25-20.
Glamorgan men led by senior na-
tional team captain Ryan Stewart
brushed aside Toco Youths Volley-
ball Academy 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 and
the national Under-23 men’s team in
training for the Caribbean Zonal Vol-
leyball Association (CAZOVA) Cham-
pionships in Suriname next month
got better of Technocrats 25-19, 25-21
in a best-of-three sets contest, after
both teams arrived late for encoun-
On Saturday in the two men’s
matches, Southern United Volleyball
Academy defeated a late arrive Toco
Youths, 25-0, 21-25, 25-18, 29-27 and
SEPoS schooled the national Un-
der-23s 25-0, 25-20, 25-22, with the
latter losing the first set by default.
Action from Saturday’s match programme in the T&T Volleyball Federation (TTVF) FLOW Premier division
which featured Glamorgan against SEPoS in the women’s division. Glamorgan won 3-0. PICTURE CA IMAGES
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Brian Lewis is the President of T&T
Olympic Committee (TTOC) and the
views expressed are not necessarily
those of the organisation.
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