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Sport administrators, managers
and leaders in seeking to progress
their organisation must ask the right
Changes in the local sport delivery
system will not come easily or quickly.
However, the Trinidad and Tobago
sport system could operate very dif-
ferently if it were exposed to progres-
How do we help each other make
the required behavioural changes?
In the coming decade national sport
organisations will be under even more
pressure to improve quality, expand
access and be a driver of sporting
Barriers certainly exist. However
national sport organisations are
expected to remove all obstacles.
To live up to the expectations as a
deliverer of world class service nation-
al sport organisations must embrace
constant adaptation. Delivering world
class service should be an aspiration.
Coming up with new ideas isn t as
easy as it may seem simply because
it requires listening to different per-
Last Thursday, I had the opportu-
nity to speak at a forum organised by
the Sociology Unit of the University
of the West Indies. The panel dis-
cussion focused on the theme: "The
realism of the Caribbean hosting the
Olympics or any mega-events."
Professor Jay Coakley who was the
feature speaker at the inaugural UWI
Sports and Higher Education Con-
ference held in January of this year
also shared his thoughts.
The invitation was extended by
Anand Rampersad, lecturer, sociology
department. The event was well
attended it was a refreshing couple
Professor Coakley has a strong and
powerful opinion and thesis about
the huge amount of money spent on
sporting events and facilities.
In this respect it s safe to say that
the International Olympic Committee
would be the subject of his research
and dare I say criticism.
In seeking to confront and grapple
with many of the contemporary issues
it s important to not just hear but to
also listen to the views and research
results of academics such as Professor
So while Professor Coakley may
not say the things that some may
want to hear. Dismissing his views is
short sighted. Sport leaders must
embrace the challenge posed by indi-
viduals such as Professor Coakley.
If sport leaders are afraid to ask
themselves the hard questions then
others must do it for them.
The audience included individuals
studying sports management, soci-
ology and sport tourism.
The questions and views were var-
ied. Some would have put any sport
administrator, manager or leader on
the spot. But they were necessary
questions. The interaction is one that
I would encourage more sport leaders
There is a level of academic and
theoretical rigour that sport leaders
shy away from to the detriment of
their sport and organisation.
Sport leaders who keep having con-
versations only with those they per-
ceive to be of like mind and who share
their perspective will not receive the
quality of information and insight
that can act as a catalyst for new
One of the issues crying out for
further discussion is that of elite sport
and recreational sport and the role
of sport for development.
There are reasons why many politi-
cians, policy makers, decision makers
and members of the public remain
skeptical about claims that sport is
as important and transformational as
sport leaders pronounce.
One would expect the sociology
unit at UWI to ask hard and searching
questions and sport leaders should
not expect to be given a free pass.
At the end of my presentation and
the question and answer session I
invited those in attendance to feel
free to contact the Trinidad and Toba-
go Olympic Committee for any infor-
mation they need. I look forward to
EDITOR'S NOTE: Brian Lewis is the
President of the Trinidad and Tobago
Olympic Committee. The views
expressed are not necessarily those of
access are keys
Champions of the Tobago Zone of the 2014 Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships which
took place in February. PHOTO COURTESY: THA
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