Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 5th 2014 Contents Sport on the whole and elite sport
in particular is no faithful sycophant.
You are king or queen of the hill one
day and the next you are a close con-
fidante to the agony of defeat, injury
or lost of form.
Invariably, the extremes of emotions,
while polar opposites, can be an unnec-
essary obstacle to continued improve-
ment and achievement.
Glasgow 2014 highlighted the need
to improve on critical details that are
fundamental to elite sport.
In the customary rush to celebrate
and congratulate or criticise aspects
such as athletes not getting their fund-
ing, based on the Cabinet-approved
elite athlete assistance programme,
guidelines are lost. The end result is
that some athletes may quite correctly
feel that they are being treated in a
cynical and hypocritical manner and
that the system is not just, fair and
Celebrate, laud, meet and greet while
at the same time do not turn a blind
eye to basic needs.
Let s make sure athletes who have
not received their Elite Athlete Assis-
tance funding for the year do so.
Sometimes things need to be said
and fights need to be fought even if
they are unpopular or uncomfortable.
It s the role, responsibility and duty
of sport administrators to make sure
that as far as possible everything is
done and put in place to support those
athletes who meet the requirements.
Important support systems are in
place to support elite level athletes.
Much has been done and most are ben-
eficiaries of what is available.
But the process and systems aren t
in perfect working order and need to
be fixed. Decisions must be made as
to where investments should be made
and where they may not make sense.
If this country wants to achieve its
full medal potential on the Olympic,
Commonwealth, World, Pan Am, CAC
multi-sport stage, funding support for
our athletes in both individual and team
sports must be ring fenced.
The uncertainty is unhelpful and can
cause underachievement. It is also
No athlete deserving of support must
be left behind.
Editor's Note: Brian Lewis is the
President of the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee. The views expressed are not
necessarily those of the Olympic
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Glasgow 2014 is over. Elite level
sport is publicly measured. Opin-
ions and perspectives are as
diverse as the various people
expressing their point of view.
In the context of the Olympic
Games and Rio 2016 in particular,
Glasgow 2014 provided an impor-
tant yardstick for the athletes and
team sports hoping to qualify and
be selected in two years time for
The Commonwealth Games is
an important barometer. It is to
the credit of this country s athletes
that they understand the impor-
tance of attending and participat-
While most people focus on the
medal tally of eight medals---three
silver and five bronze---and the fact
that gold is missing, those tuned
in to Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 will
keep the results and performances
in the appropriate context and per-
The public profile of events such
as the Commonwealth Games is
important as it provides scrutiny
and a transparency that can only
propel athletes, coaches and
administrators to higher heights.
It is necessary for athletes,
coaches and administrators to
embrace the scrutiny but in doing
so don t be distracted or angered
by what may seem at times as
unfair or misinformed criticism.
On the other hand, it also works
the other way. Enjoy the praise
and adulation but don t be similarly
distracted or seduced by the cel-
ebration and back slapping.
Scotland was testing
ground for Brazil 2016 THINGS THAT MATTER
If this country wants to achieve its full medal
potential on the Olympic, Commonwealth,
World, Pan Am, CAC multi-sport stage, funding
support for our athletes in both individual and
team sports must be ring fenced.
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