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July 04, 2020

Matthews and Collett Banned From Olympics

MUNICH, West Germany, Sept. 8 — The International Olympic Committee barred today two United States…
July 04, 2020

Vincent Matthews and Wayne Collett: A Most Casual Protest With Most Striking Consequences

They stood there casually, one barefoot, hands on hips, the other in thoughtful repose, right…
July 04, 2020

Athletes Will Be Banned From Protesting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Games Have…

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced new guidelines on Thursday that ban athletes from making…
July 04, 2020

RESOLUTION OF THE IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD WITH REGARD TO RACISM AND INCLUSION

The IOC stands for non-discrimination as one of the founding pillars of the Olympic Movement,…
July 01, 2020

Lewis highlights racial discrimination and gender inequality in sports

"Olympic Order is the Olympic Movement highest award for distinguished contributions to sports. The list…
June 29, 2020

Black Lives Matter movement brings ex-IOC President Brundage under new scrutiny

When the Olympic Games were last held in Tokyo, American multi-millionaire Avery Brundage was President…
June 27, 2020

Opinion: Equality still remains an elusive goal

My professional life has been defined by three principles: excellence, integrity, equality. They were bred…

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Thursday, 02 July 2020 20:58

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Its important that the turmoil within sport locally and internationally be seen in a positive light. There are opportunities within the crisis but capitalising on those opportunities will not materialise without the vision to see the possibilities.

It is a fact that within the last two decades sport has experienced exponential commercial and economic growth. It’s a global business with significant impact on societies and economies world wide.

The impact has been positive. High profile controversies and instances of corruption and doping are a reflection of the changing environment of sport. There is no turning back. Those sport stakeholders that refuse to adapt and get up to speed with the modern realities will increasing find themselves in over their heads.

As great as the challenges may be, it is an exciting time to be involved in sport. Those who aren't intimidated by the challenges will certainly be in the vanguard of change—pioneers and a pioneering spirit is what is needed. The attitude has to be we are starting from scratch.

I know that declaration may make little or no sense to those who sincerely believe that we have a well defined sport system and structure. To my mind its a moot point. If we did have one it is no longer working or fit for purpose.

Do we fix, renovate or remodel. There will be those who will champion an incremental approach —let’s be cautious. We dont want to dump the baby with the bath water.

Will that approach bring about the required change?

I don't think so. This is a whole new ball game

Playing catch up will not suffice.

This is Trinidad and Tobago sport tear down the wall moment.

Its now or never. This is the time. This is the moment.

Change. Reform. Paradigm Changing. Disruption.

What ever! Just do it.

We need a sense of urgency. Not panic or ill considered haste.

What is called for is a decisive strike that is well thought out.

Sport in T&T can no longer wait in the wings.

Time is not running out. It has run out.

Those who are up to the task will shape the future of sport in a hugely transformational way that will have profound impact. Today there are two events that the TTOC will be involved with either as a host or as a participant. One—Is a Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) workshop conducted by the one of the creators of LTAD, the legendary Istvan Bayli

Anyone who has any interest in LTAD will want to interact with Istvan. Today the session is at Olympic House 121 Abrecromby Street Port-of-Spain. The other event today is the first Pan American Sport Organisation (PASO) Continental Athlete Forum in Miami.

The welfare of athletes and meeting their service expectations is a priority for the TTOC. Setting up an athlete commission that allows athletes a voice in the Governance of the TTOC is an abiding goal of mine. It has been long talked about. It is time to give athletes a voice within the TTOC corridors of power.

George Bovell, Cleopatra Borel and TTOC project officer athlete services and programmes Rheeza Grant will represent the TTOC at this important forum. The forum begins today and ends tomorrow.

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Brian Lewis is president of the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC). The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Olympic Committee. Support #10 Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund.

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