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Now that the most enjoyable
week has brought many of us the
peace and glory which we seek in
our everyday lives and we have cel-
ebrated the birthday of our Savior
Jesus Christ, we should be resilient
enough to confront all the chal-
lenges and/or problems of every
aspect of our lives.
I do not qualify to cope with the
political quagmire which presently
exists, so I prefer the stakeholders
to make any type of adjustment
which will bring some stability to
this wonderful country.
In most cases we derive our joy
from performances at the sporting
arenas, some from the exquisite
world of local music and, hopefully,
from the peace and love which we
exchange among our families and
To my mind, the year 2013 pro-
vided absolute satisfaction by Jehue
Gordon, our dynamic superstar 400-
metre hurdler, not only for his for-
tuitous finish in the world Cham-
pionships in Russia, but for his
dedication to follow a pattern which
is seemingly designed to take him
to the medal roster in Brasil 2016.
Dealing with a similar challenge
in his sporting discipline, Njisne
Phillips must have made his family
and supporters, yours truly included,
very pleased with the commitment
to be the best he can be.
Having seen some of the finest
wheelmen in this country, since the
days of Compton Gonzales, and
through Roger Gibbon, Gene Samuel,
Leslie King, Ian Atherley, and Fitzroy
Hoyte. All of whom made their
marks across the world---from
Olympic Games, Pan American
games, world Championships right
through to Central American
games---my immediate joy is to see
Njsine take 300th of a second better
off his previous best effort.
I wish I could have seen any form
of continuity from the country s
most recent gold medallist Kishorn
Walcott, who stunned the world
with a fantastic javelin throw in Lon-
don and failed to even challenge his
own distance since that time.
George Bovell III did not allow the
moderate performances at the Lon-
don Olympics to drop his guard and
throw in the towel. Instead, he took
Europe and their various meets as
an opportunity to show his fans that
he is able to fight back to the top.
Clearly, he has the courage to fight
on and that is good enough for any-
one who loves sport, where George
can review two previous Olympic
Games and decide that the next one
is still within his grasp.
The brainclild of Anil Roberts, the
current Minister of Sport, has been
brought to the sporting calendar
with a meaningful attraction of bas-
ketball at community level.
No doubt, the project had its
immediate success in community
support, where each player gave his
all in order to bring victory and some
much-needed funds to the players
and community folks.
Time will tell whether there are
rewards of improved behaviour of
the young people in the various vil-
lages, all of whom seemed to have
enjoyed the atmosphere immensely
and may be inclined to join the fun-
fest the next time around.
However, the maximum focus on
our sport lies in the progress of the
major sports: cricket, football and
track and field.
Because it does not make good
festive sense to join in any negative
commentary about the results in
these disciplines, maybe we should
wait to see how the preparatory
schedule will be dealt with in search
of a better year.
Our football friends seem to be
elated over the new ranking of the
Soca Warriors by FIFA at the top of
Justifiable as it may be, this coun-
try has been there many times before
and should now be looking ahead
to work towards qualifying for FIFA
World Cups for Under-17, Under-
20, Olympics and of course, the next
finals in 2018 in Russia.
A new cadre of players has risen
to the top of local football and time
will tell whether senior team head
coach Stephen Hart and the technical
staff at all levels of the game will be
able to improve our teams perform-
They are currently being well sup-
ported by the Ministry of Sport and
one can only hope that this will con-
tinue, provided that all the pro-
gramme itineraries are intelligently
planned and geared toward a better
image of the game in the future.
I have to admit that our cricket
image has been promoted by a series
of administrative operations, many
of which have been described as
high-profile successes. I am not cer-
tain if everyone shares that view.
It was very interesting to see a
comment from a member of the
TTCB (Trinidad and Tobago Cricket
Board) that the current players are
just not good enough, hence the
results. I am not certain as to
whether the comment was laid at
the feet at the TTCB or the WICB
(West Indies Cricket Board), despite
the fact that both are being fed from
the same plate.
Our focus should be placed on
our players---youth and seniors---in
order to ensure that their progress
is worthwhile and productive enough
to uplift the West Indies team s qual-
ity of play.
Our in-depth view presently
should lay squarely on the admin-
istrative capability of the WICB,
where no accurate comment could
be made in favour of their admin-
istrative and technical personnel.
The selectors have failed miserably,
not because they made mistakes but,
simply, because they are not capable
of making technical analyses of the
players. Worse yet, they have failed
to correct the zillion mistakes which
show themselves in every part of
our players performances.
The horrible thought about this
dilemma is that come February, some
of these players will get some rea-
sonable individual results in the
internal competition, just enough to
hear the choir of partisan supporters
singing songs of praises of a pro-
Maybe we should all desist from
making judgments until the ODI
series is completed and also wait to
see whether they will view the future
in the same way as Darren Sammy
vis a vis, "changing the faces" and
going in search of better choices.
Whatever the view of our sport
may be, let us begin by wishing these
stakeholders best of luck for the New
year and hopefully, we shall have
more to cheer about.
Please look forward, yesterday is history
cricketer & footballer
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