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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Since my elec-
tion to the post of
president of the
tee (TTOC), it has
been a whirlwind of
activity with no
The standard ques-
tion I am asked is:
"How has it been?"
Truth be told it has
gone very well
I have benefited
no end from the
guidance and exam-
ple of past presidents such as Alexander
Chapman, Douglas Camacho and Larry
Romany and the mentoring of former
TTOC secretary general Senator Elton
Since 1946 a significant amount of
time and energy has gone into building
the Olympic Committee into a well-
established and respected sport organ-
isation with an impeccable reputation.
That it has been done on a volunteer
and unpaid basis is to the eternal credit
of all who would have made their con-
tribution of time, energy, passion, expe-
rience, knowledge and skill.
As the TTOC focuses on the upcom-
ing quadrennial there are new challenges
and opportunities. Some of the issues
facing the TTOC are old ones, some will
be new and some haven t as yet been
But what remains through it all are
the Olympic values, ideals and spirit
and the principles of Olympism.
Each president may have their own
style and way of seeing and doing things
but the principles of Olympism must
remain at the centre of it all.
In many ways it s a balancing act to
keep up with the times in order to carry
out the mission and vision of Baron
Pierre de Coubertin.
According to the Olympic Charter:
"The goal of Olympism is to place sport
at the service of the har-
monious development of
With a view to encour-
aging the establishment
of a peaceful society con-
cerned with the preser-
vation of human digni-
ty."The TTOC has always
promoted Olympic val-
ues. What the TTOC has
achieved to date provides
the organisation with the
strength and confidence
to reach higher.
It can be problematic
promoting high performance sport and
sport for all as there are obvious and
not so obvious contradictions that on
the surface appear difficult to reconcile.
The focus of elite and high perform-
ance sport is to achieve the winning
edge, while sport for all is about the
enjoyment of participating in sport and
To most people elite sport is associ-
ated, increasingly, these days with dop-
ing, illegal betting, match fixing etc.
As win at all cost seems to be the
only objective as against the stated inten-
tion of sport for all.
It is a challenge but not an insur-
mountable one. Striving for excellence,
respect, honesty, fair play and friendship
are values that remain constant at both
ends of the sport continuum---Elite and
Sport for all.
Recently, I made the public pro-
nouncement that a national objective
for Olympic sports of ten gold medals
by the year 2024 should be set.
This covers the Rio 2016, 2020 and
2024 Olympic Games.
The impression in some quarters
seemed to be that I was stating that the
TTOC should place an emphasis on elite
sport and the winning of medals.
For the avoidance of doubt, I am stat-
ing that we must set measureable and
high goals in respect of the elite/high
Members of the T&T Shotokan Karate team pose for a photo prior to leaving
for Barbados where over 200 competitors from across the Caribbean are
currently taking part in the International Shotokan Karate Daigaku Caribbean
Championship. T&T is being represented by 44 persons while Guyana (90),
Jamaica (30) and St Vincent (25) are also among the countries represented.
The T&T team is the gold medalist from the World tournament held in
Toronto in 2012---as well as the silver and bronze medal winners from both
the senior and junior divisions. 18 teams, including the Phillipines and Great
Britain took part last year with T&T winning 73 medals.
THINGS THAT MATTER
Balancing the need to keep Olympism steady
performance cauldron of Olympic sport.
What I am not saying is that it is or should be at
the expense of sport for all and the principles of
Olympism, the Olympic ideals, values and spirit.
The challenge of balancing the two---elite/high per-
formance and the promotion of Olympism through
sport for all is there to be met.
Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T Olympic
Visit http/: www.ttoc.org for information on the
TTOC and Olympism.
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