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Thu, Aug



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.

Closer to home, the FIFA debacle touched the Caribbean. Ongoing governance issues within local national sport organisations made it centre stage.The majority of fans found themselves in a frame of mind where they did not differentiate but made the assumption that the acts of a comparative few had tainted all.

It is left to be seen how the sport world will straighten things out. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is heavily promoting its agenda 2020 emphasis on the importance of good governance, linking the issue to the autonomy of sport organisations.

Inside of the Basic Principles of Good Governance for Sports Organisations, transparency is key. The IOC is taking the responsibility to implement within its own governance increased transparency.

One of the measures the IOC has introduced as part of its enhanced transparency is its indemnity policy for the IOC members and the IOC president. The policy is in accord with the status of the IOC as a not-for-profit organisation and that of the IOC member, including the IOC president.

Because of the volunteer status, the principle applied is that the IOC members and president should not financially benefit from their positions.

There are other considerations specific to the role of IOC president that come into play including a recognition that according to the obligations and rights attributed to the IOC president in the Olympic Charter, the role has the function of that required 365 days a year commitment.

The main point in highlighting the particular matter of increasing transparency is the suggestion that a lack of transparency would have been a contributing factor to the year of scandals in sport. Improving sport governance will remain a priority for the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) in 2016.

The IOC’S role includes the following:
• Lead the fight to protect clean athletes
• Encourage and promote ethics and good governance in sport
• Promote sustainable development
• Support efforts to provide for the social and professional future of athletes
• Oppose political or commercial abuse of athletes
• Encourage and support measures related to the medical care and health of athletes
• Act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement
• Ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games.

To advance these goals, the IOC is taking a number of actions, including enacting reforms to protect the unique status of the Olympic Games. The changes and reforms have seen a greater emphasis on transparency and good governance. The TTOC is duty bound to so do. This evening the TTOC will host its Annual Awards Gala. The ceremony will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom, Port-of-Spain. Start time is 6 pm.

Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC). The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Olympic Committee. Support #TeamTTO athletes. Buy #TeamTTO T-shirts at any branch of Fan Club. All proceeds go to @TTOlympic #10 Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund.


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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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