In the high pressured world of Olympic and elite sport where going for gold matters, ‘almost’ do not count. It’s the ability to remain focused in the midst of the chaos. The line between victory and defeat is razor thin.

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Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis says the ten golds 24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund, from which he will raise awareness by participating in the 2015 Trinidad International Marathon on January 25, will also provide for athletes falling outside the conventional subventions and those who have fallen on hard times.

Read more: Lewis outlines ‘10 golds 24’ vision

Its an Olympic year. Ensuring T&T athletes are the best prepared they have ever been is the focus of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC).

Read more: Rio 2016: Walk a mile for T&T's Olympic Athletes as they strive for 10 or more Olympic Medals by...

Academics, economists and public policy technocrats and theorists need to be more open-minded and less dismissive regarding sport in T&T and the social and economic benefits and opportunities that can be derived. Ignorance, either deliberate or unintentional, can no longer be an excuse as it is suffocating the possibilities that abound within sport.

Read more: Special year for TTOC - Things That Matter

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