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Easter has always been
significant for me.
Throughout the years of
watching the many reen-
actments of the crucifix-
ion of Jesus Christ, I have
always found myself seek-
ing a different outcome, a
different ending. Hoping
and wishing that things
could be different and that
Pontius Pilate instead of
washing his hands, would
have ensured Jesus s life
was spared. When you are
young, you dream of
someone intervening to stop the harm experienced
by Jesus Christ, but as you grow older, you begin to
think about your own intervention into this matter
of the crucifixion of Christ.
It is these very thoughts that probably, in a parallel
way, face our many sporting organisations, at least those
that are honest and true to the principle of fair play
and transparency. In that, there seems to be no "inter-
vention" possible to assist a sporting body in fulfilling
its role, other than the dependency syndrome of either
the Sports Company or the Ministry of Sports. Some
will say that the authorities like it so, as it allows them
the opportunity to dictate and get their way, very similar
to those who chased, abused and ensured Jesus s death.
In that regards, we must ask, why it is that corporate
T&T finds it particularly difficult to partner with several
sporting bodies. It cannot be a financial concern only,
given the limited tax benefit amidst the highly publicised
profits in the financial sector, manufacturing sector and
gas and oil areas as well.
So there has to be a stumbling block, which our
sporting leaders are either missing or just to "dumb"
to understand, unless of course there is politics involved
in sport financing, which is acting as an impediment
to the growth of many sports.
It is for that reason, those special thanks has to be
given to Roop Chan Chadeesingh of the National Gas
Company, (NGC) for their great service to sports in the
last few years in particular. Mr Chadeesingh, who is a
horseracing man by pedigree, has demonstrated through
his commitment to sports, a desire to ensure that the
youth of this country are adequately supported.
The NGC, have stepped forward and allocated funding
to the National Association of Athletics Administration
(NAAA), which will specifically ensure that several of
our talented sons and daughters will have an avenue to
succeed. This must be applauded and for that, I am
made to understand that the chairman was the driving
It is not the first time, we have witnessed NGC step-
ping forward and putting money in front of mouth, it
is such a rare occurrence, and it is rightfully to be well
applauded. Both horseracing and cricket have benefitted
from the touch of NGC, as did the Secondary Schools
Leadership symposium, hosted by The Sports Desk
which had such a positive impact on our youth. Using
the values associated with sport to help our young
people is visionary, and NGC and all the other sponsors
must take a bow for their involvement in that.
So what has happened to others such as the National
Lotteries Board, for example who in the past supported
sports in a tremendous way, and whom if we are to
believe the happenings in both Play Whe and Lotto are
still very popular and earning a lot of money. It seems
as if in some areas they have forgotten their business
model, and sport has suffered.
One expects a lot more injection of some of those
profits back into sport as used to be the case in the
past, but alas the opposite now seems to hold true,
based on the comments of many on my radio and tel-
evision shows weekly.
Without sponsorship, sport will not die but rather
suffer a slow decay which is tantamount to much worst
as many sporting persons will become disillusioned.
At the moment, several organisations have been forced
Corporate T&T, our sport needs YOU!
to curtail some of their plans for development,
at the expense of participation in games and
tournament, so that emphasis is being placed
on senior teams at the expense of juniors.
It should be clear that sport is the main
area, which can impact on the well-being and
survival of our population.
Corporate T&T needs to assist the national
organisations so that this "friend" behavior
that apparently exists in some of the sporting
authorities with the responsibility for funding
could be gradually diminished.
It is amazing to watch the television or read
the newspapers and realise that certain events
which may have less than 25 participants from
this country can attract millions of dollars from
us the taxpayers funding through these organ-
izations. Persons should be held accountable
Instead, as we examine the landscape of
sponsorship in this country, we find ourselves
in a predicament, where it is the same names
jumping to the front in terms of sponsorship
of events. We need for new players to step into
the limelight and to contribute to our socie-
ty.And while , everyone knows that it is not
only sport which is suffering, we must not
ever give up on trying and continuing to seek
sponsors in the interest of development.
I was hoping to put this on and smile at the end of the season when Arsenal won the EPL crown, but after flashing out of the gates and
taking an early lead, my team has gone downhill. So before the season ends and I have nothing to show for it, let me show off my Arsenal
team shirt. You may still be able to get one at The Fan Club, Movietowne, Gulf City or Trincity Mall.
Andre E Baptiste
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