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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.

As never before, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic sport is poised to deliver unprecedented medal success. We have Olympic medals to win. What can stop us? Most of our elite and Olympic level athletes are struggling. Their financial lives have dramatically changed. The programmes, policies and products designed to help them need to change too.

Day to day decisions by sport leaders and administrators need to reflect an understanding of the typical experience of our athletes and their day to day lives, history, attitudes and aspirations. Our elite athletes are going for gold but they face major barriers.

What is needed are more effective ways to address the needs of our Olympic and elite athletes and manage through these new challenges.

Good governance and leadership won’t win medals, titles or championships. That is the realm of athletes, but poor governance and leadership will create obstacles that will prevent athletes and teams from producing gold medal performances.

As we head to Rio 2016, Olympic athletes are focused on achieving medal success in Brazil. The target is to win 10 or more Olympic gold medals by 2024.

The Olympic Committee’s (TTOC) role in supporting Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games medal success for Trinidad and Tobago is to work closely with member affiliated sport organisations and governing bodies to help them improve their Olympic and Commonwealth athletes’ performance through delivery of science, medicine, technology, knowledge transfer and capacity building.

The TTOC and the support staff for Rio 2016 are fully focused on the upcoming Games and ensuring the athletes arrive in Brazil in the best possible condition, so that they have the maximum chance of achieving success.

But while the athletes, coaches and respective national sport organisations and support staff solely concentrate on Rio 2016, the TTOC’s job as Olympic sports leader is to plan for success beyond 2016. That means focusing on the Tokyo 2020 and 2024 strategy so that after Rio 2016, there will be no time lost.

The TTOC has to hit the ground running at the very start of the four year Olympic cycle to Tokyo. There is immense pressure. To protect and preserve all that we hold dear in sport, we require sports leaders to be proactive when they know there is a situation that is falling short. Governance and leadership matters.

Sport leaders and their stakeholders cannot continue turning a blind eye. Outdated governance structures and thinking are impediments and obstacles to success.

It’s the attention to details that will make the difference. We have to be bold, focused and fearless. We have to be all in as we strive to live excellence in sport every day not just once every four years. There are people who are afraid of going for gold and it’s not the athletes.

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

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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 | colomurray@gmail.com

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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