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Confusion, image hurting T&T sports
Almost every effort to bring about deep-seated and far-reaching transformation of the many national sporting organisations have been met with vigorous resistance.
Changing the status quo and busting up outraged thinking and plans at times appear near impossible. People tend to quickly personalize all aspects of the change management agenda. It seems as if no amount of risk management and risk analysis can produce effective risk mitigation solutions or options.
It's quite easy to come up with a shopping list and filled to the overflowing shopping basket. Why is sport in T&T a basket case?
One can roll out all the academic and theoretical theories and methods -Case studies and benchmarks. Tick as many boxes as one may choose. If there is no consensus on the Why?! Then why do we need to change? Or is it that there is no need to change?
Recently, I had the opportunity to read a May 1975, report of the Commission of Enquiry into Major Sports exclusive of Cricket and Horse Racing. The chairman was Ralph Marine, the other members as listed we're- Lloyd Creed, Roger Ribbon, Marjorie John, Dennis Turton, Bertie Thompson, Joseph Goddard, Neil McCoonie, Wendell Mottley and Ainsley Timpow.
The Commissioners were appointed on 15th June 1973 to inquire into the organisation, promotion and administration of all major sports in T&T (exclusive of Cricket and Horse Racing). The first meeting was held on 29th June 1973. There were public hearings with paid advertisements between 9th July and 12th August 1973 inviting clubs, associations and the general public to submit memoranda on matters falling within the Commission's terms of reference. There were television appearances and radio broadcasts. Public hearings commenced on 11th January 1974 at the Port-of-Spain Town Hall - there were 64 separate sittings. The Commission heard evidence from ninety-five persons. Seventy-one memoranda were received from Associations and Clubs(28) and Individuals (43).
The Narine report is 45 years old and today I will highlight two statements in the four-decade-old report:
The evidence before the Commission suggests that the management problem has been with us for a very long time.
*Your Commissioners believe that capable persons are discouraged from making a contribution by the tremendous confusion which permeates the administration of Sport in Trinidad and Tobago.
*The general image of Sporting Associations in Trinidad and Tobago has not been a happy one.
Be reminded the Narine report was submitted in May 1975. Not much has changed, has it?
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