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Structural adjustment or recession, whatever the experts choose to call it, the reality is there is not enough money flowing in the system here in T&T. How do we create more cash flow? What can we do?

What is never in recession is the human spirit, creativity and imagination and mankind's ability when faced with adversity to emerge triumphant. For sure it’s going to be traumatic for some, especially those who lack the self belief. Some are already predicting, if not doom and gloom, dark times.

You may say it’s wishful thinking but I don’t believe things will be as dire as some may have us believe. What I do believe is that we will be tested and put to the test. But it’s a challenge we should all relish since adversity builds a nation and I have little doubt that T&T will be better for the experience.

Many will be facing structural adjustment or recession for the first time. How to do without and cut back will be uncharted waters. But no matter what, the opportunity to emerge stronger is something we should not discount. Sport and those involved in sport will either sink or swim.

Adaptive will be the word used to describe the sport organisations that will stand tall. The organisations that are not adaptive will find themselves in a distinctive tail spin and for some, survival will be their priority.

It’s in stressful times that an organisation’s mission, vision and purpose provide the buffer against danger. National sport organisations will have to revisit their mission, vision and purpose and seek the inspiration and motivation that will embolden their determination to overcome the rough seas of austere economic circumstances.

That we are in an environment where sport is not seen as necessary and urgent may not please some but don’t be lulled into a false sense of comfort.

Sport for many may seem as a luxury and therefore surplus to requirements but regardless of what the views may be, sport matters on a number of fronts and may well turn out to be the saving grace for T&T.

It is not only national sports organisations that will have it all to do, since the Ministry of Sport and the Sport Company are both facing tall mountains. The challenge facing all of us is to spend time building the capacity to trust one another so that we can marshall the collective will and drive to forge a sustainable growth path for sport.

How do we prioritise? How do we allocate reduced resources? How do we balance the quest for medals with the efforts to grow participation and by so doing foster healthy living.

The challenge of embracing sport as a business while at the same time appreciating that just participating for social and recreational objectives is what the majority of people want to be able to do is real. We have to ensure there is no mismatch between policy and practice.

Even as hard decisions are made, inequality and marginalisation are the unintended consequences. There are unknown risks and challenges and responding to those threats will be essential. Leaders across all walks of life will be tested like never before but that’s why they have been given the mantle of leader.

Get it right and sport will assist in the economic recovery.

• Brian Lewis is president of the Olympic Committee (TTOC). The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Olympic Committee.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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