From Trinidad Express


Minister of Finance Colm Imbert said the Government will introduce legislation to address sports event management, sports dispute resolution, and the management of national sporting bodies. Imbert identified the details during the 2017-2018 Budget Presentation yesterday in Parliament.

“We are now reviewing the Government’s structure and systemic arrangements for delivering sports services with a view to increasing efficiency and streamlining processes.

“We are putting in place the sports commission for T&T and developing requisite legislation which will address issues such as sports event management, sports dispute resolution and the management of national sporting bodies,” said Imbert.

The Finance minister said sport was part of the Government’s economic diversification drive as the country received positive feedback for hosting domestic and international events at the recently-completed facilities including the National Cycling Centre, the National Aquatic Centre, the National Racquet Centre and the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

“We are continuing to secure such sporting events and we are putting in place attractive user rates for these facilities.

“The revenue generated including introduction of naming rights will ensure their adequate maintenance,” Imbert continued.

“We are planning to focus on three major revenue-generating avenues — sports services, sports events and infrastructure, given that those areas require very little capital investment because of existing infrastructure.

“These facilities will serve as foundation for our youth as they strive for excellence on the international stage and bring the international spotlight on our country,” he added

The Diego Martin North East MP said the national communities will continue to celebrate on the hosting of major events and will benefit from the outflow of patriotism and pride.

He gave the recent successful CPL campaign of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) at the Brian Lara venue, and the Men’s 4×400 relay golden performance at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

He also mentioned the success of the World Para-Athletics Championship in London, in August.

There will also be strategies geared towards the development of sport such as the elite athlete and coach development programme, as well as to implement a new talent identification framework for high performance athletes.

“We would appeal to the private sector and all citizens to expand their support for sporting activities on a sustained basis both through attendance at events as well as financing programmes in order to play their part in the national effort,” Imbert said.




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