Even in sport we seem unable to rise above petty party politics
As an ardent sports enthusiast and sportsman, I enjoyed the Olympic Games relayed only on the state controlled Channel 11; for that, I thank them profusely.
However a sadness was evident when we could not see a Guyanese collecting a single medal. Look at the Caribbean states; something must be wrong with our management of sports. Is it politics?
One example tells us that, in spite of our much shouted return to democracy, vast sums and opportunities available, we have failed to remove sport from the political clutches of the ruling party.
Swimmer Niall Roberts has the potential to be a world class athlete, but look what politics did; instead of sending the best coach, the one who trained him for years, Ms Stephanie Fraser, we send someone who is a relative of a government minister as coach, and the rest is history. Could someone explain this?
Even in sport, we seem unable to rise above petty party politics, so sportsmen and women must suffer. When the government makes a contribution, it is for public relations.
What a pity. So are we doomed never to see the Golden Arrowhead behind a winner’s podium?
The irony is that we have the talent and the resources available to do as well as Jamaica.
Let us pray for change soon.
Hamilton Green JP