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Freud called it "the narcissism of
The neutrals in the society with no
vested interest in the day to day running
of local sport hold the notion that local
sport is careening from issue to issue
and that sport administrators and lead-
ers are reacting as situations come up.
The questions those with no knowl-
edge of what goes on in the corridors
of power ask are: "why is sport in T&T
a hotbed of controversy and what's
The general public wants success on
the global sport stage. People feel good
about themselves and the country when
the nation's sportsmen and women
and teams win medals and qualify for
world championships. For many it is
a worrying prospect that London 2012
will be squandered if history is allowed
to repeat itself.
The general public and media have
an expectation that we will build on
the success at the London 2012
What the country is afraid of is that
London 2012 will go the way of Ger-
many 2006 - the high point of Ger-
many remained just that.
The country expected local football
to build on its historic appearance in
the FIFA World Cup final.
The country's self-image was
wrapped up in the global recog-
nition and spotlight as being the
smallest nation to appear at FIFA's
global showpiece in Germany.
The public is easily frustrated
by what they perceive as a lack of
care for the positive image of sport
among sport leaders and admin-
In recent days I have been asked
what are the priorities of those
responsible for leading and direct-
ing sport in T&T?
Is it to make sports more
appealing to the next generation?
Is there a plan to engage young
people in sports or is it that sport
administrators and leaders are
more interested in fighting with
Those are valid and tough ques-
tions. We can either stick with the
behaviour patterns and mistakes
of the past or choose a future in
which local sport is run along the
principles of accountability, trans-
parency and with integrity and
To earn and keep the trust of
sportsmen and women, clubs,
coaches, the public, media, parents
and sponsors, to engender con-
fidence and credibility sport leaders
and administrators must take a
long hard look at themselves and
their modus operandi.
The country expects more from
those who espouse the values of
sport and sport participation and
who lead and run sport
The people of T&T must have
no regrets when they think about
How do we best balance the
competing demands? It can only
be done in an environment of
mutual respect, trust, good will
and good faith.
If sport is to give hope and pur-
pose to the youth of the nation
and be a bulwark against arbitrary
oppression there ought to be the
willingness and determination to
work through differences of views
There is a level of respect owed
to each other whatever the par-
ticular circumstances may be.
Sport leaders must back away
from artificially constructed bar-
There is mounting evidence that
mutual respect and trust is in short
supply within local sport.
Rather than denying differences
and fighting, it is worthwhile to
understand each other's perspec-
tive. Learn to accept differences.
Perfection is a myth.
The wider national community
deserves to be relieved of their
anxiety about local sport.
Are our words and actions help-
ing sport in T&T?
The choice is a simple one.
Think strategically about what's
in the long-term best interest of
Happy Independence T&T. God
bless our nation.
Brian Lewis is the president of
the T&T Olympic Committee. For
more information on Olympism, the
Olympic movement and Olympic val-
ues visit http:// www.ttoc.org
Perfection is simply a myth
Fans came out and showed their support for the Soca Warriors in 2006 but T&T failed to build on that
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