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The In­ter­na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach is de­ter­mined to trans­form the IOC and the Olympic move­ment in­to a much more trans­par­ent and ac­count­able, mod­ern and pro­gres­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A huge task that re­quires im­mense reser­voirs of for­ti­tude, strate­gic fo­cus and vi­sion for the Olympic move­ment that must take in­to con­sid­er­a­tion a di­verse stake­hold­er group.

As the leader of the Olympic move­ment, Pres­i­dent Bach has the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty of chart­ing the course and nav­i­gat­ing the IOC and the Olympic move­ment through the tu­mul­tuous wa­ters of the 21st cen­tu­ry and the hori­zon of the 22nd cen­tu­ry.

The sport has be­come a sig­nif­i­cant cul­tur­al phe­nom­e­non. The in­tense scruti­ny or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the IOC face cre­ates an in­tense no mar­gin for er­ror en­vi­ron­ment. That it re­quires an abil­i­ty at times to re­main sto­ic.

As the ar­chi­tect of Agen­da 2020, the strate­gic roadmap for the Olympic move­ment Bach op­er­ates and con­ducts his role and re­spon­si­bil­i­ty with a fo­cused de­ter­mi­na­tion that leaves no doubt. He has com­mit­ted every­one in the Olympic move­ment to im­ple­ment­ing Agen­da 2020.

Gen­der bal­ance is one of the im­por­tant com­mit­ments. Great strides have been made and ef­fec­tive ac­tion tak­en. Na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tees (NOC) must fol­low the lead and not ori­ent to­wards main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo.

Many of the im­por­tant changes that must be made aren't change for change stake - in the mod­ern world, it is the right thing to do in the in­ter­est of the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the Olympic move­ment.

It is in the above con­text that con­grat­u­la­tions is ex­tend­ed to Pres­i­dent Bach for the stag­ing of the first ever "Olymp­ism in Ac­tion" fo­rum which was held last week. Through ple­nary ses­sions, in­ter­ac­tive work­ing zones, net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties the fo­rum fa­cil­i­tat­ed frank and can­did dis­cus­sions and shar­ing of ideas.

Dis­cus­sions ad­dressed some of the most press­ing and ex­is­ten­tial is­sues fac­ing the Olympic move­ment.

Oth­er ob­jec­tives in­clud­ed a look at prac­ti­cal ways sport and the Olympic move­ment, in par­tic­u­lar, can con­tribute to the UN sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

Con­tent themes in­clud­ed:

How can the Olympic move­ment bet­ter pro­tect clean ath­letes and the in­tegri­ty of Sport?

Why should a city host the Games?

What will the fu­ture of sport look like?

How can sport be used as a tool to em­pow­er young peo­ple?

Par­tic­i­pants at the end of the two-day fo­rum were in­vit­ed to at­tend the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny of the ground-break­ing, first-ever street par­ty style open­ing cer­e­mo­ny of the Youth Olympic Games. Ground-break­ing in­deed.


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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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