Those misleading notions
By Rawle Welch
His conspicuous silence has been raising eyebrows recently and everyone connected to sports were rightfully perplexed by his actions, but yesterday’s disclosure in the Stabroek News sports pages about the current state of affairs as it relates to the much needed Synthetic Track, perhaps, revealed enough for all to interpret the reason for his noticeable quiet.
Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony, who has not uttered anything in response to the surfeit of articles that lamented Guyana’s pathetic showing at the London Olympics, is now in the spotlight, following the release of the article that clearly contradicts the assurances he had given about the track’s development schedule.
The Honourable Minister seems to have built a track record of providing schedules and promises that over time failed to meet his pronouncements, and the current project is an addition to the National Sports Policy which was slated for completion and approval in Parliament since 2010.
These two examples could be attached to the numerous deadlines that were given for the completion and Opening Ceremony of the National Aquatic Centre, which most Guyanese by now know was eventually completed way past the projected date, while the pledges for a Special Fund for Elite Athletes Assistance (EAA) to guarantee full time training; Elite Sports Development Fund, set up through a grant from Central Government via the Consolidated Fund and supplemented by an annual subvention catered for in the National Budget, seemed to have all been misleading notions that could put at risk his integrity.
The promise of equipping the Sports Research Centre with computers and internet facilities and moving it to the National Sports Commission’s Woolford Avenue location has not materialized, while the National Sports Academy remains a dream since spoken of in 2009.
If one should go back in time and examine the many pledges made, then it might be reasonable to conclude that it is just the customary rhetoric.
From all appearances, the eagerly awaited Track will definitely miss the deadline for completion after falling way behind schedule and after reading Stabroek Sport report, the excuses made by the Director of Sport are even more worrying, when he stated that the requisite skills are not easily available in Guyana, while the constant termination of contracts could put the cost of construction way past the stipulated target.