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For The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) and the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) taking a stand for athletes, youth and young people is a daily struggle.  Each and everyday people manifest issues by their behaviors that create difficulties and problems for athletes, youth and young people.

Standing for something.  Our athletes, youth and young people are worth serving, their needs and wants and dreams. Standing for something.

Faced with a multitude of simply selfish actions by sport administrators many of the twin  Island Republic's youth and young people are making an obvious choice. Walk away from organised sport.

Some sport administrators are quite happy proving that they are more clever than everyone else . It's not about fair or doing the right thing . No! Its about a silly pantomime of "stare down" and "I got you."

It doesn't matter if youth and young people suffer as a result once " you win".

Shouldn't we seek to serve, solve problems and make positive changes?  The opportunity is for each of us to choose a path and follow that, not for your own benefit but because of what it can produce for others.

For sure there are a lot of adults doing a fantastic job teaching our youth and young people that riding rough shod over others and being bold face and shameless and having the ability to tell a big lie and keep telling it is the pathway to  success.

It's sad. Sad because when we should be raising the expectations, engaging in their hopes and dreams, helping them see further- some of us are focused on fighting down and beating down our youth and young people so that we can show them who is boss.

Instead of making our youth and young people feel good and confident and more likely to contribute and feel empowered.  The goal is to prove a point and assert power and authority.

An objective analysis of the facts will show that the best interest of sport and young people aren't the priority . It's all a game. A game of petty minds playing silly games.

Wouldn't it make a positive difference if we all dug deeper and be guided by a truer more sincere instinct?

There is a better alternative.  Service to the positive change we seek to make.

What our youth and young people want is to be understood and to be served. Sport leaders and sport administrators are here to serve. What our youth and young people want from those of us elected to serve is emotional labour. Emotional labour is the work we do to provide service.

The heart and soul of a national sport organisation is service to making positive change happen. 

Sport leaders, sport administrators and national sport organisations need to focus on the path of connection, empathy, and change.

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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 | 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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