Perhaps sports administrators need to do more to curb selfish ambitions in their quest to develop discipline among its membership in Guyana.
The International Federations are international nongovernmental organizations administering one or more sports at the world level. The national federations and associations administering those sports are affiliated to them. While conserving their autonomy in administration of their sports, International sports federation seeking IOC recognition must ensure that their statutes, practice and activities conform to the Olympic charter.
The roles of these federations are to establish and to enforce the rules concerning the practice of their respective sports. They further the development of their sports throughout the world; help to realize the goals set out in the Olympic charter, in particular by way of the spread of Olympic education; establish eligibility criteria for the competitions of the Olympic games and submit them to the IOC for approval; assume the responsibility for the technical control and supervision of their sports at the Olympic games and at games under the patronage of the IOC and to provide technical assistance in the practical implementation of the Olympic solidarity programme.
The perception that sports administrators enjoy the luxury of high offices that takes them to Rio de Janeiro, Lausanne, Brussels, Valencia, Beijing and other capitals of the world is unfortunate. It is imperative and essential for sports administrators to travel the world at the request of the IOC and International Federation to attend congress, courses, meetings and such like.
Sports and administrators do not operate in a vacuum. It is a team work involving government at the top and athletes, coaches and clubs at the grass-root level. Take athletics for instance, coaches were trained by C.A.C body since the early 1989’s and later by the IAAF body in 1992 with the introduction of the coaches certification and education programmes which are implemented throughout the world with Guyana being part of the pilot programme.
Over two hundred coaches were trained in Guyana since 1992 by the IAAF at great expense and yet today only about ten coaches are practicing. Some of these coaches have had the benefits of high level training abroad and have not delivered the goods to their charge locally.
The foundation of any building begins at the bottom. A coach is the builder of any training system. The key to high athletic performance is in the theory and methodology of training athletes, with the coaches as the builders.
Usain Bolt’s praise for the Jamaica Athletics Association is good, but what is even better is his honest acknowledgement of hard work he and his coach did over the years. Effective administering of sports begins at the bottom with the coaches/athletes relationship, of which training is paramount.
The mass media, instead of reporting inaccurately of sports administrator’s workings should seek to find out some of the things that affect their work. This of course is voluntary in most cases.
Wayne Walcott (Athletic Coach)
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