Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 24th 2013 Contents The Trinidad and
Tobago Olympic Com-
mittee (TTOC) will host
its Annual Awards Cer-
emony on Sunday at
the National Academy
for the Performing Arts
theme this year is
Olympic Values, Ideals
and Spirit ... relevant
to today s world. The
focus is on the Olympic
values, ideals and spir-
The date of this event was decided in 1997. Since
then, the event has grown in stature and is now an
occasion that is eagerly anticipated. Carried live on
television and radio the ceremony affords the T&T
Olympic Movement the very important opportunity
to not only celebrate those who have achieved but a
chance to reflect and to highlight the core purpose
and values that underpin the TTOC, Olympism and
the Olympic Games.
The T&T Olympic Committee is charged with the
responsibility of not only sending a team to the Olympic
Games but all the other multi sport events recognised
by the international Olympic Committee. In many
ways the mantle of Olympic Committee can be a bur-
There is a much broader role. It s not simply about
the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games is the pin-
nacle. Winning an Olympic medal especially the gold
medal is the highest of highs. The mantle Olympian
or Olympic champion is a cherished achievement.
The focus can therefore be a bit narrow as the
Olympic Games, be it winner, summer or youth steals
At times forgotten and lost in the shadow of the
world s greatest show is the mission of the National
Olympic Committees which is to develop, promote
and protect the Olympic Movement in accordance
with the Olympic Charter.
The National Olympic Committee s role is to pro-
mote the fundamental principles and values of Olymp-
ism, in particular in the fields of sport and education.
To ensure the observance of the Olympic Charter, to
encourage the development of high performance sport
as well as sport for all. To assist the IOC in respect
to the protection of Olympic properties.
National Olympic committees are expected to organ-
ise if possible every year an Olympic Day or Week
intended to promote the Olympic Movement. To
include in their activities the promotion of culture
and arts in the fields of sport and Olympism and to
seek sources of financing in a manner compatible
with the fundamental principles of Olympism.
The Olympic movement and the Olympic Games
will be nothing without Olympism.
The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee
Annual Awards ceremony serves as an occasion to
recall and be reminded that modern Olympism was
conceived by Pierre de Coubertin, that the first Olympic
Games of modern times were celebrated in Athens,
Greece in 1896. In a few weeks the world will celebrate
the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. How
the Winter Olympics have grown since it was celebrated
in Chamonix, France in 1924.
It s inspiring to know that Olympism, the Olympic
Games and the Olympic movement through the pas-
sage of time is not only surviving but also thriving.
End of year is a time to celebrate and reflect.
Pierre de Coubertin said," humanity must take from
the heritage of the past all the force it can use to build
The T&T Olympic Committee and the local
Olympic movement buffeted by many problems, issues
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 24, 2013
THINGS THAT MATTER
and challenges must take great heart and comfort
from its heritage and always look to the future with
optimism and confidence.
On behalf of the TTOC I extend best wishes to the
national and sporting community. Have a safe and
enjoyable and Merry Christmas.
Brian Lewis is the President of the TTOC. The
views expressed are not necessarily those of the TTOC.
Visit www.ttoc.org for more information about
the IOC, Olympic Games and the TTOC.
Brian Lewis, left,
president of the
of the T&T Hockey
Board and former
head of the TTOC.
Occasion was the
ceremony at the
PHOTO: SEAN NERO
spirit of Olympism
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