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Commonwealth Youth gauva season ?
« on: June 29, 2019, 05:26:11 PM »
Is Commonwealth Games bid wise?
by Guardian Media
Sat Jun 29 2019

The re­cent an­nounce­ment by Trinidad and To­ba­go Com­mon­wealth Games As­so­ci­a­tion (TTC­GA) and T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) pres­i­dent Bri­an Lewis that this coun­try had won the rights to host the 2021 Youth Com­mon­wealth Games was met with mixed, if not luke­warm re­sponse from some sec­tors of the pub­lic.

And that re­sponse may have been war­rant­ed, giv­en that John Pub­lic had not pre­vi­ous­ly been aware that T&T was about to make a late bid for the event, hav­ing learned that the Com­mon­wealth Games Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee had deemed the pre­vi­ous­ly cho­sen host coun­try, Belfast Ire­land, to be un­pre­pared at the cur­rent stage to bring off a suc­cess­ful event due to po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­i­ty there.

This in it­self is al­ready a sig­nal to the TTC­GA that its own bid should have been based on a sol­id foun­da­tion—in this case the in­fra­struc­ture by way of fa­cil­i­ties, sta­dia and oth­er­wise and the fi­nan­cial sup­port to fund the ini­tia­tive–since it will be no easy task.

Lewis, by his own ad­mis­sion, has al­ready not­ed that host­ing such an event will be a Her­culean task. In this re­gard, Mr Lewis ini­tial­ly claims to have the full sup­port of Sports Min­is­ter Sham­fa Cud­joe and the Gov­ern­ment, for which he was ul­ti­mate­ly thank­ful. This, how­ev­er, was a pre­cur­sor to the Mr Lewis’ bid, since one of the guide­lines for suc­cess­ful bids is the back­ing of the host coun­try’s gov­ern­ment, due in part to the fact that most of the fund­ing for such ac­tiv­i­ty is gov­ern­ment fund­ed un­less cor­po­rate cit­i­zens are con­vinced it is worth their while.

The ques­tion that aris­es now, there­fore, is whether the T&T Gov­ern­ment will have the fi­nan­cial re­sources nec­es­sary to un­der­take the re­quired re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive works that will no doubt be nec­es­sary at some of the venues be­ing eyed for use. The Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um, for ex­am­ple, will need some work. In this re­gard, we are lucky that there are fair­ly new fa­cil­i­ties at Cou­va which can host a few of the sport­ing dis­ci­plines.

But Mr Lewis must tell the pub­lic soon what is the TTC­GA’s plan. Which venues will be used? What work will need to be done to bring those fa­cil­i­ties up to in­ter­na­tion­al­ly-sanc­tioned lev­el? What al­so will be the eco­nom­ic and oth­er ben­e­fits to T&T?

The lat­ter ques­tion is crit­i­cal giv­en the con­tin­u­ing state of the econ­o­my. His­to­ry will show that sev­er­al coun­tries which have host­ed ma­jor sport­ing events have lit­tle to show years af­ter ex­cept huge debt and aban­doned sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Clos­er to home, we have three sta­dia—Man­nie Ramjohn in Mara­bel­la, Ato Boldon in Cou­va, and Lar­ry Gomes in Ari­ma—built for the 2001 FI­FA World Youth Cup which now bare­ly fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of our ath­letes and foot­ballers.

Need­less to say, this news­pa­per hopes the TTC­GA has in­deed care­ful­ly weighed the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of this suc­cess­ful bid.

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Re: Commonwealth Youth gauva season ?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2019, 06:45:15 PM »
We need a proper indoor arena. Hope the business community step in a renovate  JP courts by covering both ends so we can have a decent indoor arena to host multiple events.


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