Belt tightening, budget cuts, and a call by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley for national sacrifice as the twin Island Republic's oil and gas based economy deals with dismal fiscal projections as a result of falling oil and gas revenue.

Read more: Sport will be a saving grace for T&T

The year 2015 is about to say bye bye. What a tumultuous 12 months it has been. For most sport fans, their memorable moments would surround the FIFA scandal and the IAAF revelations regarding Russia. Both stories stole the thunder from the many outstanding achievements on the field.

Read more: Goodbye to a tough year for sport - Things That Matter

The harsh reality is not all sport organisations are positioned to survive the difficult times.

Read more: Tough times require Sport leaders to focus on solutions and good governance

How serious do we take the achievements of our Olympic athletes? Do the people of Trinidad and Tobago appreciate the effort that is required of our Olympians and those who aspire to be a champion?

Read more: Lifetime of effort for moment of glory - Things That Matter

Getting ready for the Rio Olympic Games from August 5-21 next year, is more complicated than it was during the build up to previous Games. The general loss of confidence, in where T&T may be economical, are playing on the minds of most people actively involved in the Olympic preparation.

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