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Sport is a way to explore life's big issues.

Break­ing down bound­aries through sport. There is not a more powerful vehicle to promote T&T overseas and develop deeper ties. There are unprecedented opportunities for collaboration. Team T&T can be a mirror reflection of T&T's tradition of embracing diversity, equality and inclusivity.

The twin is and Republic's diversity has been a key feature of T&T culture. T&T sport has demonstrated great resilience in assimilating diversity, which itself has become a distinctive characteristic of what T&T culture is today.

Team T&T serves as a platform for international cultural exchange. In this regard, T&T should make efforts to improve on the use of sport as a critical success factor in the development of a strategic effort to position brand T&T globally.

Heeding criticism is not only a virtue but also shrewd. The importance of mutual respect and trust cannot be taken for granted.

There is an emotional attachment to the country that people, the world over, display via support for their national teams.

Certain developments in recent weeks beg the question, when will T&T sport get our act together? What will drive improvement in the administration and management of sport? Are we not fed up of being swamped by conflict?

The deterioration must be seen as an obstacle to T&T seizing the historical opportunities that sport provides.

There is friction and tension as national sport organisations have had their funding cut. They are struggling to fund the basics. It is a sorry state of affairs as opportunities for the next generation of sportsmen and sportswomen are being cur­tailed. There is shortsighted decision making taking place within national sport organisations.

How can T&T sport nav­i­gate an unpredictable future? Firstly, have a vision. We need to be able to imagine our future completely different from what we know now. If we cannot, we must surround ourselves with people more imaginative than we are. We cannot just adapt to change as it happens. The world is changing so fast that when we notice the change it is way too late.

If we do not have a vision that stretches beyond what we can see today, we cannot make strategic decisions. At best, we can make tactical decisions. Another essential skill set is we need to be able to interpret trends correctly. This is the dilemma facing every sports administrator - how do we create the best solu­tions for T&T sport?

Sport is a gateway to the T&T way of life. A small island nation with a large legacy. Success is at our fingertips. We can write our story.

As we are at the midpoint of the year it's important to reflect and do some deep thinking on where we are at and what's still to come.

Editor’s Note:

Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) and T&T Commonwealth Games Association (TTC­GA) and the views expressed are not necessarily those of the organisations.


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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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