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Be­ing thrown un­der the bus is not some­thing that gives me sleep­less nights or un­due wor­ry.

I har­bour no il­lu­sions or ex­pec­ta­tions that when faced with trou­ble there are very few who will stand by your side when you are un­der heavy en­e­my fire.

It's part of lead­er­ship - tak­ing one for the team - is a mot­to I live by, even though at times tak­ing one for the team is no in­sur­ance that you will have com­pa­ny when the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions have to be made.

In re­al­i­ty, many of the things we think that are hard facts aren't. They are half-truths, they are as­sump­tions, they are mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tions, they are based on bi­as­es and at times de­lib­er­ate and wil­ful plau­si­ble de­nial.

Like plen­ty of oth­er things in our lives, we fail to act or pro­cras­ti­nate be­cause our un­cer­tain­ty comes from fear of be­ing judged by oth­ers. We are afraid of what the group - the tribe - will think and the prospect of be­ing crit­i­cised.

Greek philoso­pher Epicte­tus once said: "If you want to im­prove, be con­tent to be thought fool­ish and stu­pid."

Theodore Roo­sevelt made the point thus when he de­clared: "In any mo­ment of de­ci­sion, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worse thing you can do is noth­ing."

Re­cent­ly faced with a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion that re­quired a se­ries of de­ci­sions, I re­flect­ed on the words of Ro­man his­to­ri­an Tac­i­tus: "The de­sire for safe­ty stands against every great and no­ble en­ter­prise."

Over time life re­veals to us that any time you are work­ing to achieve some­thing, you are go­ing against the cur­rent. The peo­ple around you will say you can't do it, you are mak­ing a mis­take, its im­pos­si­ble, you will fail. The more out-of-the-box your idea may be, the stronger the push­back.

Peo­ple will al­ways seek to make you ques­tion the jour­ney but it's im­por­tant to tran­scend the ob­sta­cles.

If you think about all of the things that have been cre­at­ed in hu­man his­to­ry that were once con­sid­ered "im­pos­si­ble". Carl Jung's ad­vice that: "You are what you do, not what you say you will do", can be in­spi­ra­tional.

T&T, Team TTO can achieve much more than we have done but we will con­tin­ue to un­der­achieve if we al­low the fear of fail­ure and un­cer­tain­ty to guide our thoughts and ac­tions.

Ten (10) or more Olympic gold medals by the year 2020, fu­ture is fe­male, gen­der equal­i­ty, cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able bil­lion-dol­lar sports in­dus­try T&T by 2030, hav­ing a world-class na­tion­al long-term ath­lete de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, a gov­er­nance cul­ture that is best prac­tice are all im­pos­si­bles that can be pos­si­ble.

Ed­i­tor's Note:

Bri­an Lewis is the Pres­i­dent of T&T Olympic Com­mit­tee (TTOC) and the views ex­pressed are not nec­es­sar­i­ly those of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.


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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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