By Rawle Welch
The sudden explosion of news articles and opinion pieces that inundated the print media last year lamenting the lack of performance by sport officials seems to have brought about a sense of urgency that was absent before.
Thanks to the media, the first twenty-two days of this year has produced a more refreshing effort from managers within the sports industry to improve their performance.
This recent improvement could be interpreted as a uplifting development that obviously offers some hope to our struggling athletes.
Usually, the media had to wait until around March to see a planned programme or even the results of Annual General Meetings to get a true picture of what was going to happen in the realm of sports for that year.
Credit must be given to the media for the vigilant and aggressive stand that it took last year to relentlessly pursue the lack of performance by sports officials and highlight it, we now see a more concerted attempt being made to devise programmes and provide more opportunities for our young athletes.
So far, despite a few controversies, the Guyana Olympic Association and the Athletic Association of Guyana have already settled on the leadership and composition of their respective executives, while a few others are scheduled to hold theirs within days or possibly hours.
The Guyana Hockey Board’s is slated for today, while the Guyana Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation and the Guyana Cricket Board AGMs will take place on Sunday.
All this is encouraging news because as was the norm in the past when the media was forced to endure long delays before programmes commenced, due to the reluctance of some organisations to plan activities for fear on not being returned, we are now witnessing a turnaround in attitude by many associations.
Hopefully, the mediocrity that besieged many organisations for so long has been left behind and we have now moved to a stage where early preparations and well defined policies become regular features on our sports agenda.
However, we must not let our guards down, but continue in our pursuit to bring to the nation’s attention all those who take office and fail to perform.
They must not be allowed to enjoy the benefits of the office at the detriment of our athletes, the media must remain attentive and fearless which could effectively bring about a change in culture from our administrators.
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