TT$5M for ath­letes

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 7 -

PORT OF SPAIN – Olympic javelin cham­pion Keshorn Wal­cott was among a group of ath­letes who re­ceived TT$5 mil­lion (BDS$1.5M) from the Trinidad Gov­ern­ment for their out­stand­ing per­for­mances at the re­cently con­cluded Cen­tral Amer­i­can And Caribbean Games.

Triple gold medal­list cy­clist Ni­cholas Paul and shot put­ter Cleopa­tra Borel were also among those who were re­warded on Wed­nes­day at a func­tion hosted by the Min­is­ter of Sport and Youth Af­fairs Shamfa Cud­joe at the Na­tional Rac­quet Cen­tre in Tacarigua.

The event was also used to of­fi­cially launch the Na­tional Pol­icy on Sport 2017 – 2027 and was at­tended by Trinidad and Tobago’s first Olympic gold medal­list Hasely Craw­ford, cricket leg­end Brian Lara and tal­ented foot­baller Rus­sell Lat­apy.

In com­mend­ing the ath­letes for their ef­forts, Cud­joe said the new Na­tional Pol­icy on Sport en­sured that na­tional ath­letes were re­warded for their per­for­mances at re­gional and in­ter­na­tional meets.

Privilege

“I am sur­rounded by heroes. It is my privilege and plea­sure to be here to launch the Na­tional Pol­icy on Sports 2017 to 2027 as we recog­nise sport­ing ex­cel­lence with our na­tional ath­letes who would have medalled at the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional games,” Cud­joe said.

“The 2002 pol­icy fo­cused on the devel­op­ment of sport un­der two main ar­eas, to­tal par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport and high-per­for­mance sport. Though at the time the 2002 pol­icy was con­sid­ered to be holis­tic in its ap­proach to sports devel­op­ment, it was never fully im­ple­mented.

“The Na­tional Pol­icy on Sports 2017 to 2027 would have cap­i­talised on any de­fi­cien­cies iden­ti­fied with the pre­vi­ous pol­icy and rec­ti­fied. The new pol­icy adopts a com­pre­hen­sive and col­lab­o­ra­tive frame­work for ac­tion,” she added.

Cud­joe promised that her min­istry would en­sure that all in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions re­spon­si­ble for ser­vic­ing the needs of the sport were equipped with the nec­es­sary skills and com­pe­ten­cies.

She also said cab­i­net had ap­proved the re­ward of na­tional teams which create his­tory by qual­i­fy­ing for their re­spec­tive World Cups, like the women’s se­nior vol­ley­ball team, which will make their de­but at the World Women’s Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships in Ja­pan later this year.

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