Aug 31, 2012 Sports Comments Off on Talk about future plans must be construed as survival maneuver
By Rawle Welch
After publicly announcing his full backing and support for most sport associations in a recent press briefing it is difficult to see how an anticipated assembly between Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) President K. Juman Yassin and the administrators of sport here could genuinely yield the kind of results to effect a transformation of the current landscape.
The reality is that a large percentage of officials over the past 15-20 years have either demonstrated a lack of will to advance sports for reasons known only to them or they are clearly devoid of ideas to take us out of the present predicament.
This noticeable failure has helped destroy the dreams and aspirations of many of our athletes who sacrificed so much to make it to the top only to have to let go due to the uncaring and duplicitous conduct of officials.
Reeling from a recent spate of articles lamenting the poor showing of our Olympians as well as calls for the support of a new breed of administrators to emerge and take the place of these aging officials and abandon their antiquated policies, this disingenuous band of overseers of sport are still hell bent on holding on to office despite their abysmal record after many years at the helm.
The real stakeholders in sport such as the man in the street, corporate community, our sportsmen and women and of course the Government must see it as imperative to be engaged in a National Consultation to plot the way forward and not allow the tested and failed policies of a few to hold us ransom anymore.
What is needed is a Forum where Guyanese from all walks of life with a fair knowledge of sports could participate in a serious discussion to take us out of the present dilemma we find ourselves in.
The lack of international sporting success has hurt not only our athletes, but the country at large and for us to continue along the current path will not only cause us more heartache in the case of our athletes, but further embarrassment as a nation.
There should be no avenue of escape for these officials who for nearly two decades hoodwinked the nation using the blame game trick to sidetrack our focus.
We have awakened from our protracted comatose and now demand real answers to all the lingering questions as to why Guyana that previously dominated the Caribbean region in many sports has undoubtedly been left behind in the global arena.
To come to us now and talk about plans for the future is a well recited pretext that should not be allowed any foothold simply because it must be construed as a survival maneuver offered many times in the past.
National Consultations and personnel adjustments should be the two most important issues to dominate any immediate or future plan.
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