Sport in Guyana in crisis…Hypocritical simulations of meetings more of the old procedure
By Rawle Welch
There is no doubt that Sport is in a crisis in Guyana and the present calamity has instigated a stream of articles from some sections of the independent media criticizing the laughable support or lack thereof from critical stakeholders for its development.
After reading and listening to talk from the major stakeholders about what will be done to extricate us from our current position, the general feeling is that unless there is a concerted effort to attract and include persons with the requisite will and skill supported by a major injection of funding, no amount of speech-making could resolve the problems that has inundated the sports landscape.
The objective of this missive is to extract from all of the talk some sensible proposals that if adopted could at least provide some answers for the future.
It was Karl Marx who said, “the point is not to understand the world but to change the world” and this quote is made more urgent than usual by the crisis that is currently facing sports, a messy situation which has brought us continual disappointment and international embarrassment.
What we’ve had in the past is a situation of unilateral approaches and the absence of inclusiveness and that had given rise to a shortage of an assortment of ideas coming from a wider cross section of the society.
However, even the attempt by the Director of Sport (DoS) Neil Kumar to engage the Heads of Associations will fall short of what is required to change the present state of affairs unless a National Consultative Forum is speedily organized to address the seemingly interminable poor performances of our athletes on the international stage.
There must be a change from how things were done in the past since it is clear for all to see that the previous approach did not garner satisfactory results, while the Government’s diffident funding policy has also hindered progress.
The expanded nonappearance of the Sports Policy is another source of contention since it is the one document, providing that it benefits from the input of all the stakeholders, could definitively emphasize the seriousness of the Government and ultimately gather unequivocal support from the Private Sector.
At the core of the problems are the crisis of ideas which is fundamentally linked with inclusivity and the implementation of an unopposed first class policy that plainly defines strategies to take Sport out of the existing dilemma.
The hypocritical simulations of meetings being held among a chosen few must only be seen as more of the old procedure which has been exposed as a failure and rightfully decimated by some sections of the media.
The challenge now must be to devise a different approach and that must start with admittance that the present strategy hasn’t worked and it is now time for a new plan to be implemented that includes all the major stakeholders.
Time is of essence and any delay could very well endanger the ‘From now to Brazil’ undertaking as promised by the DoS.