Despite the frequent staging of horserace meets, some members within the sector have admitted that all is not well and have been agitating for its regularization. Concerned affiliates also noted that failure to enact the requisite rules and regulations could be counter-productive and detrimental to the development of the sport.
It was a desire to expedite such action that prompted several bigwigs of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) to take assertive action and requested the intervention of the Trinidad and Tobago counterparts to examine the situation and make recommendations towards the regularization of the sport locally.
Consequently, Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Authority (TTRA), David Loregnard, joined with several local officials and paid a visit to Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Frank Anthony, at his Main Street office yesterday afternoon to discuss the modalities with an aim of arriving at a common consensus towards the regularization of the sport. Others in attendance were Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Conrad Plummer, his Vice Chairman, Vidushi Persaud, President of the GHRA, Vicram Oditt and GHRA Legal Advisor, Rajendra Poonai.
Minister Anthony said that he has a vision for the development of horseracing and was happy to collaborate with the Trinidadian authorities to realize this vision. He said that he has had an opportunity to visit a few of the tracks in Trinidad and was impressed by the standard. “I anticipate expert help from the Trinidadians and their technical input,” said Mr. Anthony.
Mr. Loregnard explained that his presence was due to a formal request made by officials of the GHRA to their T&T counterparts to assist in the regularization of the sport. He said that he had had discussions with Mr. Oditt over the past weeks and he has agreed in principle to review legislation to facilitate improvement in every area of the sport.
Mr. Loregnard reminisced on the keen rivalry between the two countries and said that he would be only too happy to relive those days. He noted that Guyanese have a passion for the sport and this would inspire him to render assistance. Shortly after affording the media a photo op, the officials retreated into close doors discussions.
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