Is The Barbados Olympic Association Getting The Job Done Mr. Stoute?

This is an anonymous submission.

Steve Stoute, President of the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA)

How can the person who represents the very highest position of leadership in sport in Barbados be complaining that not enough is being done for athletes? Who is Mr. Stoute complaining about? Is he not then the very highest person who should be working to see that everything is done in the interest of Barbadian athletes? If this is not the role of Mr Stoute’s association (as the president seem to be suggesting here), then what exactly is that role?

Does the Olympic Association not receive millions of dollars each year from various sources including the local lottery, for the development of athletes? How much money exactly is provided to the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA), and how much of this goes to athletes, as opposed to fancy buildings and first class travel overseas?

Did the lottery not provide over $100 million to local sports over the past 10 years? This is for a population of 1 quarter million people. The equivalent amount of funding in the USA with their population of 200 million persons would be $80 billion over the ten years in order to cover the same amount per person in the population. This is nothing to sneeze at. What was the final cost of the team to the Olympics? and what portion of this money is  for the athletes as opposed to perks for officials?

Mr Stoute has been lamenting the failures of national sport now for some time. He predicted a small weak team for these Olympics months ago and apparently he has no role to play in changing this outcome. If the president of the Olympic association is so fed-up and helpless, then what can the poor athletes be expected to do? Surely after again admitting that he has no idea how to lead national sports  successfully, Mr Stoute will gracefully resign his position as president on his return from London. Barbadians do not need to hear more predictions of failure and helplessness from such a highly placed official.

0 thoughts on “Is The Barbados Olympic Association Getting The Job Done Mr. Stoute?


  1. That picture you chose of Stoute really is a GEM……it portrays the likes of a pimp and ole badger who hoards and wants all for himself……money is usual short to send off athletes to Olympics…..just check and see..Steve Stoute and his entourage NEVER MISS ONE….


  2. A manager, a coach and a doctor. Three people to should acommpany the team, how many go?

    The rest of the funds should be for the athletes to go and training.

    As for the Olympics, sorry to say David, but……..I am skeptical. The ‘large country teams’ have the best medical advancements and the best …….ways of ensuring that doping rules are adhered to….

    Check the results and times? Sportsmanship my xxx.

    When it is just about medals and not sportsmanship, something is wrong, but that is the state of the world now anyway., one thing for the media, one for reality.

    Doping is not out, David, it is well contrived that is all.

    But, kudos to the ‘real’ athletes!!!!!!


    • If the Caribbean wants to promote this ONE identity then it makes sense to collaborate on the issue of a regional strategic plan for sports i.e. share best practices. BUT it will never happen.


    • Is it coincidence that a number of these sporting organization are headed by some entrenched personnel?

      A club comprised of fat cats.


  3. @ old onion bags | July 31, 2012 at 5:59 AM |
    “… money is usual short to send off athletes to Olympics…..just check and see..Steve Stoute and his entourage NEVER MISS ONE….”

    It would be interesting to know if the athletes themselves travel in a different class to those officials, especially Steve Stoute.
    Are the athletes expected to travel economy whereas the “official parasites” travel in a more comfortable and relaxed business class? Aren’t the athletes the real producers and business resources instead of those leeches?
    Anyone knows the position?


  4. @ David | July 31, 2012 at 6:51 AM |
    “A club comprised of fat cats.”

    The management of Barbados and West Indies cricket is a case in point.


  5. A big delegation with lots of “officials” with the same names in the mix every time. The minister and his entourage will follow..A free for all


  6. The first thing that we need is a National Sports Policy. If the foolish people that we elect refuse to draft one what do you expect the BOA to do? How much money was spent on refurbishing Kensington? How much money is spent on cricket in Barbados as opposed to other disciplines. I am tired every time the Olympics come around, and we only have a handful of persons to represent our nation, people asking about programmes, funding, and such. The same thing happens when the football world cup comes around too.


  7. @David.

    My question is:

    How are Jamaica, Bahamas and to a lesser extent Trinidad, able to produce the best of the best, yet we cannot get our athletes to the next level?

    Further, my understanding is that the likes of Bolt are now training in Janaica, no longer USA?

    Why, with all the real srong hard back men (and women) can we not dominate shotput, discus? Why can we, with all the talent, not present an international class volleyball and beach volleyball team (but team sports take more money for travel etc, so at least beach volleyball with just two, should work well). What about table tennis? That is another sports that does not require a huge team to travel, but sitll any athlete will find travel and competition expensive, so that may still be the issue.

    Is the answer to medals, that sports like volleyball and table tennis require international competition, but sports that are technically ‘absolutes’, like track running (times), shotput (distance) andhgih jump and long jump (height and length), where we need to focus, practising against absolute measurements instead?

    Competing blindly makes no sense, direction is required.


  8. @ Crusoe
    You just hit the nail directly on the head…. DIRECTION REQUIRED

    DIRECTION COMES FROM LEADERSHIP AND VISION.

    But then again, just like the problem with the medical situation, perhaps the people in position are getting exactly what they want. Perhaps there IS a vision and a direction being executed…. After all the “leaders” seem to “qualify” for Olympics and other overseas assignments consistently. Perhaps there are perks and other benefits that makes this all worthwhile…..


  9. Stoute has been riding that “Gravy Train” for a long time from the days when he was Secretary of the Cycling Association and Reece was riding for Barbados he has been part of the travelling circus.

    Nice work if you can get it.


  10. @Sargeant |

    So true Sarge and no Stoute in not getting the job done. It didnt surprise the comment by Stoute on Barbados not doing enough for athletes. Stoute complaining to himself he is the damn president of the BOA which is recepient of millions from IOC, Lottery, etc but there is no obligation to produce annual reports nor is the BOA accountable to anyone. The public does not know how BOA money is spent.The freeloaders at BOA spearheaded by Stoute lick up millions in first class travel alone. If the money Stoute and parasites like Esther Maynard and Adrian Lorde, Burke splurge on themselves was shifted to athletic programs improved results would be immediate. Its a hard and unrewarding life being an athlete in Barbados with the whats in it for me officials who run the sports scene around.


  11. @ David | July 31, 2012 at 7:33 AM |
    “Perhaps it all begins with a National Strategic Plan. Bought into by key stakeholders and adequately funded.”

    The Democratic Labour Party is convinced that
    Sports have the capacity to prevent these maladies
    among young people. It is therefore committed
    to supporting the 57 and more sporting disciplines
    that are practiced in Barbados as a means
    of bringing health, social, psychological and economic
    benefits to the people of Barbados.
    Consistent with its principles of putting people
    first, it will invest heavily in programmes that will
    make Sports available to all, instead of running
    up huge overspends on white elephants like Kensington
    Oval. It will enhance Barbadian sporting
    might by building sporting organizations from the
    base up.

    As a matter of urgency, the new DLP Government
    will:
    Reorganize the National Sports Council
    to reach out more effectively to schools
    and communities
    Establish Secretariats for all the major
    mass sports
    Create a Sports Administration Centre for
    all sports without a home
    Construct a National Sports Hostel for
    athletes from home and abroad
    Upgrade the facilities at North Stars to
    produce an international standards stadium
    Build an international stadium in the East
    to cater to soccer and other sports
    Work with the various associations and
    clubs to improve sporting facilities
    Develop centres of sporting excellence in
    schools and communities
    Provide community-based coaches
    Offer Certificate and Diploma Courses for
    athletes and sports organizers
    Offer National Development Scholarships
    to budding athletes
    Offer paid leave to athletes in the public
    service and encourage the private sector
    to do the same
    Waive duties and Value Added Taxes for
    training and sports equipment
    Waive duties on transport facilities for
    sporting organizations
    Offer tax deductions for businesses which
    sponsor sports
    Make grants to successful sporting organizations
    Work closely with the Barbados Olympic
    Association
    Set up a national Elite Sportsperson Benefit
    Scheme
    Complete the National Sports Policy and
    draw up a Sports Development and Strategic
    Plan
    Support training for sports administrators
    at national organization and club levels
    Assist in the promotion of sports as a
    worthwhile activity for Barbadians.


  12. Someone should ask Steve Stoute who exactly he is blaming for the obvious failure of our sports results. It is not very clear from the Advocate article.
    Is he blaming the government? The athletes? The public?
    ….and what does his organization offer?


  13. @ Bush Tea | July 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM |
    “.. Is he blaming the government? The athletes? The public?
    ….and what does his organization offer?..

    Very pertinent question? Seems everybody is playing the BLAME GAME and just aping the damned lying party clowns. AC would make a very good tutor to Mr. Stoute in teaching him how to cast blame on others for one’s own failings and incompetence.


  14. We need “PLANNING” something we seem not very good at. Athletes must be selected when they are very young. Fifty (50) young boys/girls on a pasture and just say RUN! and you can select the best from that group.This can be repeated as often as required. You can then select those with natural ability.

    Then cull those to the ones with real co-ordination, determination and dedication. Then coaches the best that you can afford with proper medical back-up.

    Success will not come immediately but you would have laid a foundation for great rewards later. Strategic PLANNING is required, for real “continued” success does not come ny accident.


  15. mr miller be careful you are not accused of cherrypicking for exposing the lies in the dlp manifesto according to minister blackett.


  16. As I watch the Olympic a 15 ,17 and 19 year old won gold in swimming and weightlifting. We keep saying they are not ready yet even when they are 21 years.
    Take for example 17 year old Akeila Jones, she goes to world juniors and did not place in the long jump which was won by a girl jump about 6.15m or something like that while Akeila leave here jumping further than that.
    The BOA should look after this special athlete who has the potential to be a medal winner at the 2016 Olympic.


  17. @Clone

    It all starts with a national plan and all the players aligned. Until we have concurrence we remain as fragmented as ever.


  18. We will really take notice when our athletes leave our shores, train in another nation, and then represent that nation at world meets.


  19. Oh boy. Where shall I start?

    If as is mentioned her Stoute is complaining that his association, and he the leader has to take some of the blame.

    The Ministry of Sports and the various minister over the years (both parties) have to take some of the blame.

    The National Sports Council has to take some of the blame.

    I am the parent of a young athlete, track 4 x 100 relay, 200 metres and 400 metres

    Can the BOA, the Ministry, the Ministry, and the Ministers (both parties) tell me why our NATIONAL stadium is in such a DISGRACEFUL state. . The thing is literally falling apart and is more of a hazard than a help.

    Can someone tell me why if the BOA has received over 100 million in the past ten years why our young athletes after a hard day at school, and a hard evening practising still have to wait outside the stadium for a bus home? and some of them have to take 2 buses, and walk a half mile through Bridgetown in order to get home at 10 or 11, do homework, and to wake up at 6 next morning. Can someone tell me why a bus or 2 and drivers cannot be provided out of the tens of millions of dollars quoted here.

    Some of our athletes are poor, poor, poor, and no I don’t mean that they are poor athletes, I mean that their parents cannot afford a car. Can’t arrangements be made to bus them home straight to their doors?

    Some of our coaches don’t have cars either. Would it be too much to bus these guys home?

    Can someone tell me why “officials” must fly first class? If the official is too old or tin such poor health that he or she cannot fly economy class then he or she should NOT be an official.

    Can someone tell me why the parents of our young athletes, and the young athletes themselves have to hold cake sales and car washes and sponsored walks in order to raise money to participate at athletic meets?

    If we wanted to think big we could create an athlete’s village with a stadium, football field, tennis court and a swimming pool with housing for the athletes and the coaches and academic tutors for the young people. But if we won’t buy a second hand bus and pay a driver $10 per hour to drop the athletes home after training then we won’t be thinking big anytime soon.


    • @Simple Simon

      Perhaps it explains why Coach Lovell had to take out loans on his house to fund athletes development overseas.

      Pathetic!


  20. Surely after again admitting that he has no idea how to lead national sports successfully, Mr Stoute will gracefully resign his position as president on his return from London. Barbadians do not need to hear more predictions of failure and helplessness from such a highly placed official.

    ac

    thank God


  21. Oh Tony Lovell was an athlete, a scholar and a gentleman.
    He looked out for young athletes, ensured that the ones headed to the U.S. got SAT practice tests, registration forms and that they took their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in time etc.

    He did not leave 14 to 16 year olds to figure out eveyrthing for themselves.

    And he was always, always courteous.


  22. Simple Simon

    BOA has a bus that can hold about 25 persons park in Sagicor life car park in Wildey all day and night. It does only work if national associations request it for visiting touring teams.

    David Barbadians are too proud to be like Cubans. Cubans are survivors because of the economic blockage of the USA.

    They can practice without shoes and shirts but are outfitted properly when they are playing internationally. They have national pride. They have a reason to do well not these spoilt bajans who have $500 shoes to train in, I pads with big earphones on and can’t run as fast as the Olympic women in the finals.

    Take kemar Roach, his gold chain is so big that if he takes it off he may be able to bowl even faster. None of the world’s leading fast bowlers have on chains. We are about bling. Not Olympic gold.


  23. What is wrong with REQUIRING organizations which receive money to account for it?

    We make it seem as though producing a statement is nuclear physics.

    It is not. It is real, real simple. Say an organization received $10 and bought X for $3, Y for $6 and did not spend $1 which is sitting in bank A, Then produce the receipts to show that the payments for X and Y were in fact made, and the bank statement showing that $1 is in fact in the bank

    The same formula applies for $10 million or $10 billion.

    With only a basic BIMAP diploma in accounting I as treasurer of my professional organization was for many years able to produce an accurate statement every single year.

    Organizations which do not produce accurate statements EVERY year should have their money CUT OFF ENTIRELY until such statements are produced.

    No statement. No more money. Real, real simple.

    The formula works as sure as 1+1=2.


  24. Dear Clone and in the meanwhile our young athletes have to spend 2 hours getting home at night…have we no pride, that we would treat our young people so?

    So the bus only good for the :”tourises” then? but too good for our own young people?

    My own young athlete was challenged more that once when getting on the bus after 7 p.m., and that was while wearing a secondary school P.E. uniform and catching the bus by Lawrence T. Gay (just by the footpath which leads from the stadium) The Transport Board bus driver’s attitude was, “school finished at 3, what are you doing here a 7? I have the authority to make you pay and you will pay or you cannot board this bus.

    Yes that is how we treat our young athletes.

    And now you tell me that all this time an empty bus is sitting in Sagicor’s yard.

    Truly massa day ain’t dun yet.


  25. @ David
    “By the way, does anyone believe the President of the Cuba Olympic Committee is chauffeured around a la Steve Stoute?”
    **************
    What is the problem if he is rich enough to afford a chauffeur to drive his car? Perhaps he also pays for his frequent overseas trips himself.

    Bushie’s problem is with him disowning responsibility for the poor results….and to is questioning who he is accusing instead.


    • @Bush Tea

      Isn’t the car which carts Stoute around supported by the BOC? It has the logo on the door does it not?


  26. @ Bush Tea | July 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM |
    “What is the problem if he is rich enough to afford a chauffeur to drive his car? Perhaps he also pays for his frequent overseas trips himself.”

    What are we hearing coming from you, Bushie? The chauffeur driven car and first class trips abroad are paid from the finances of the BOA. You really don’t know these parasites do you?
    The BOA receives a subvention from government and also lottery funding.
    Both of these sources of funding should be suspended until a new management team is elected or appointed to replace the existing bunch of parasitic cronies and nincompoops who, by their own admission have been an abject failure and don’t have a clue about the management of athletics.
    Maybe the stout man has gotten so fat off the BOA hog that his obese conscience is too much to drag around and he is telling it like it is to lighten the weight off his soul. Like a wicked man on his dying bed he is spilling his guts before departing hoping to see the pearly gates.
    Bajans like to laugh at Jamaicans and boast about how much education they have. But what is the sense of having so much education and not putting it to good use? Reminds us of the parable of the stupid man with the ten talents.

    Look what (in the eyes of arrogant Bajans- illiterate and stupid) Jamaicans have done on the World stage of Track & Field! They have produced the most popular man today in Sports. And fully home grown too, like Blue Mountain coffee or ganja!


  27. YES, THE PROGRESS OF ATHLETICS AND THE RESULTS FROM LOCAL ATHLETES OVER THE YEARS HAVE NOT MATCHED THE FUNDING WHICH THE SPORT HAS RECEIVED OVER THE YEARS AND PARTICULARLY IN RECENT TIMES BUT AREN’T WE GETTING A BIT PERSONAL WITH MR STOUTE AND IGNORING THE FACT THAT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE AN ABUNDANCE OF QUALITY ATHLETIC TALENT IN BARBADOS. OUR TALENT AT COMPETITIVE LEVEL INTERNATIONALLY HAS AND DESPITE OUR DECLINE IN RECENT TIMES ALWAYS WILL BE CRICKET. ALL OTHER SPORTS IN BARBADOS NEED TO BE PUT ON THE BACKBURNER AND FUNDS CHANNELLED TOWARDS DEVISING PROGRAMMES AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL TO BRING THAT ANTAGONISM AND COMPETITIVENESS AND EXCITEMENT BACK TO THE CRICKET SPORT. GAMES NEED LOYAL CROWD SUPPORT TO INVIGORATE AND MOTIVATE COMPETITORS TO COMPETE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES AND THE SUPPORT MUST BE FUELLED BY A PASSION. IT IS MY VIEW THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF INTER-PARISH COMPETITIONS SHOULD RE-ENERGISE THE PASSION FOR THE SPORT PREVIOUSLY FUELLED BY RACE AND CLASS BUT NOT UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE ANACHRONISTIC BCA.


  28. Look what (in the eyes of arrogant Bajans- illiterate and stupid) Jamaicans have done on the World stage of Track & Field! They have produced the most popular man today in Sports. And fully home grown too, like Blue Mountain coffee or ganja!

    let me share this one with you Mr Miller. was in a basement in toronto on the invitation of some bajan friends and as customary they were engaging in their favourite past time sport of dominoes when a big belly black fat man summoned one of them from the domino table. he asked to be excused, left and quickly returned allowing all to know that ‘the fuc—idiot can’t dance too good and he is got to write he receipts.’ i subsequently learned that the ‘fuc— idiot’ was a jamaican and he owned the building and the receipt writer was renting from him. so much for our illiteracy.


  29. ‘David Barbadians are too proud to be like Cubans. Cubans are survivors because of the economic blockage of the USA.’
    no David Cubans are survivors as a result of having to devise ways and means to survive in the face of the brutal animal farm type system of governance the good people of Cuba has to endure to maintain the opulent lifestyles of the privileged few having direct links with the regime.


  30. @ balance | August 1, 2012 at 5:31 AM |
    “BUT AREN’T WE GETTING A BIT PERSONAL WITH MR STOUTE AND IGNORING THE FACT THAT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE AN ABUNDANCE OF QUALITY ATHLETIC TALENT IN BARBADOS.”

    Balance, we are NOT purposely targeting the man at the personal level but his actions in the capacity of the head or point man of the organization.
    Yes we all know that Barbados is not well blessed or well endowed by Nature when it comes to athletics talent or prowess because of geographical and population size and cultural history (blacks were not allowed or encouraged to run since its was seen by the white authorities as a sign of rebellion whereas cricket was seen as aping the white man and the way to become socially recognized).
    But why take the limited resources we have at our disposal and spend it on a profligate lifestyle by those in authority instead on identifying and developing the small pool of talent? Why live high off the fatted hog while the yearlings in the parched fields are undernourished?
    These guys with their highflying entourage behave as if they are managing a high performance team with a stack of medals and track records to defend. Isn’t this attitude and behaviour by the hierarchy of the BOA equivalent to the top man in the local Salvation Army driving around a Mercedes owned and maintained by the Charity organization and the managers flying first class to any overseas seminars or conferences paid out of public contributions or subventions that were given in good faith to support the work of the Army, that is looking after the indigent, dispossessed and desperately at risk.


  31. Mr Stoute

    As President of Sagicor, Mr. Stoute said in an interview that he does not have a driving license but he had an official car which means he was always chauffeur driven.

    He means well for sports in Barbados but there are many spongers in the BOA. In fact it is like a clique. Cammie Burke was on the committee so long but what is his day to day contribution to sports.

    We have the potential. The Barbados under 13s just won the regional meet in Jamaica. These athletes should be placed in a special program with the best coaches to train every week and exposed to competitions overseas on a regular basis.


  32. @ David
    “Isn’t the car which carts Stoute around supported by the BOC? It has the logo on the door does it not?”
    ***************
    In the Advocate article, Stoute said that we are not serious about sport in Barbados because there is not even a track suitable for athletes to run on in an Olympic year…or something like that.

    Do you honestly believe that he would say something like that if he knew that he was using funds provided for sports to travel the world and to be chauffeured around like a king? Bushie feels sure that Stoute must be paying his own way.


    • Let us get serious, all the major sport associations are always embroiled in internal conflict be it netball, football, cycling, bodybuilding, AAA and the list is long. Last weekend a story was carried in the Press that the BCA has been unable to attract any sponsorship of significance. How can we be expected to produce a world class culture of sporting excellence in the circumstances?


  33. LOL @ Clone
    ..what the hell are you telling us Clone? …are you saying that when it comes to sport, the driver can’t drive…? 🙂


  34. @ bk | August 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM |
    “BOA needs auditing”

    I agree! With the books open for inspection to interested parities since the organization is funded by the Lottery (people’s money) and government subventions (taxpayers’ money).
    This would put to rest any rumours or concerns about the misuse of funds by the officials. Put everything in the open and let everything be above board.


  35. Miller
    “BOA want auditing.”
    Like you want nuff people get lock up ! …..night would turn to day.


  36. Rate This
    The Flipper | July 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM |
    Bush Tea | July 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM | Bushie the Flipper is totally fed up seeing the same faces represent Barbados every Olympics. The face of Steve Stoute, the face of Esther Maynard ditto Adrian Lorde and Cammie Burke the one free loader shareholder missing is Erskine Booza King. Five or six first class jokers who attend each and every Olympics allegedly as officials while the real athletes like Shakeera Reece and Andrew Hinds force to sit in BIM land watching the shabby coverage by CBC/Imc. You know what IMC stand for? Its Max Crap .

    A man tell me the officials attendance at the Olympics cost way more than the AX inquiry.

    I long for the Olympics when the faces of the present officials are retired for a new crop with something to really offer.
    I long for the Olympics when hard working Bajan athletes out number the no good officials

    Who are the two guys talking shoite ever time I peep at CBC some clown name Lightbounre and one name Jamie. My God these two idiots should not be near a children’s play park much less analysing the Olympics. CBC give us the powerless poor a break.


  37. When one listens to the role the UK lottery has played towards the tremendous development of sports in the UK and the recent success in cycling in the UK it is the result of the impact of these funds by the UK lottery that has created the openings and created new interest in the sport of cycling for example which a Briton recently won and the same lottery is also responsible for the large number of people taking up cycling and many other sports.

    It is not only about the talent is is about the team that surrounds this talent to nurture it and help it develops that the UK lottery has made a reality and made possible.

    My question then is the Barbados Lottery hitting those same targets and can it be used in the same way to build the support mechanism around our budding athletes?


  38. @Balance ”HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE AN ABUNDANCE OF QUALITY ATHLETIC TALENT IN BARBADOS. OUR TALENT AT COMPETITIVE LEVEL INTERNATIONALLY HAS AND DESPITE OUR DECLINE IN RECENT TIMES ALWAYS WILL BE CRICKET”

    ————-

    Crazy suggestion. Barbados has plenty of talent. Especially considering the ‘per capita’ representation.

    How may in the US, how many in China?

    How about Obadele, Ryan Brathwaite, Barry Forde, now the talented Shakeera Reece? Many youngsters representing in cycling and track.

    As for cricket, my understanding is that both Sobers and Lara could have played international class soccer, they are athletes, not just cricketers.

    Where do you think Holding came from, he was a track athlete first, hence his lovely run up.

    As for cricket, sorry or not, soccer is fast replacing cricket as the sporting activity and spectator sport of Barbados, over cricket.

    Cricket is over.

    Barbados has a wealth of talent, we need more competition and direction.


  39. Off-topic but still on Olympics: Why are we watching a meaningless football match between Spain and Morocco when there is keen competition going on in men’s gymnastics? Who decides on these things?


  40. @balance | August 1, 2012 at 5:31 AM…”BUT AREN’T WE …IGNORING THE FACT THAT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE AN ABUNDANCE OF QUALITY ATHLETIC TALENT IN BARBADOS.”

    Balance, balance, balance, Barbados has the capacity to produce just as many as just as good quality athletes as any other country, but our athletes don’t get the practical, emotional, financial, academic and athletic support which is needed.

    It seems to me that sports in Barbados is forever about the officials and the Boards of Control and NEVER, NEVER about the real producers, that is the young people aged 13 to 30 who have the capacity to deliver. Maybe there ought to be a rule that nobody over age 30 can sit on the board of any sporting association.

    Then we could get rid of the elderly, obese seat warmers.


  41. Speaking of athletes. One of our leading local athletes , Horst Walron died and was buried about 2 weeks ago, and very little tribute has been paid to him in the media.What a pity? then again he was not an Olympian or from the old school..


    • Don’t pray for it otherwise there will be nothing left soon to boast about. Even on its dying bed, Cricket remains the only sport which has placed Barbados on the international map and still remains a financial window of opportunity for those play the game.

      Another emotional argument. Most of the money earned from cricket is located to a relative few. How many crickets from the Caribbean can we say earn a 24/7 living? Did anyone read the Nation a couple weeks ago to see that the BCA is not attracting any sponsorship? If ever there was an indicator which points to the declining interest in cricket there it is. Cricket will have to morph to the 20/20 variety if it is to survive.


  42. Balance, balance, balance, Barbados has the capacity to produce just as many as just as good quality athletes as any other country, but our athletes don’t get the practical, emotional, financial, academic and athletic support which is needed.”
    Do not agree. The pool of natural talent is somewhat limited in the athletic arena compared to cricket and the money could be best channelled in trying to restore cricket to its place of pride and industry in our national psyche.Whatever little improvement we make in athletics, it stands to reason that those ahead of us would further improve as well and we would forever be playing catch up. yes, prepari for athletics takes money, but it calls for natural talent too. if you see some of the conditions those cubans train under, you would get a sense of what i mean.
    “It seems to me that sports in Barbados is forever about the officials and the Boards of Control and NEVER, NEVER about the real producers, that is the young people aged 13 to 30 who have the capacity to deliver. Maybe there ought to be a rule that nobody over age 30 can sit on the board of any sporting association”
    I take your point. i stopped short in an earlier post of calling for the disbandment of the BCA and the BOA. They like the two political parties have outlived their usefulness.


  43. “Cricket is over”
    Don’t pray for it otherwise there will be nothing left soon to boast about. Even on its dying bed, Cricket remains the only sport which has placed Barbados on the international map and still remains a financial window of opportunity for those play the game.


  44. Personally, I think the time is nigh, that Mia Mottley be given her chance. When the eleciton is over and the BLP go to Government House, I would think it right that Arthur have a word with his ‘people’, and take the Deputy PM role, have Mia take the lead.

    Right, wrong, indifferent, for better or worse, it is her time to have her chance.


  45. How many crickets from the Caribbean can we say earn a 24/7 living?

    except perhaps of jamaica, moreso than from all the other sports combined.


  46. @ Simple Simon | August 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM |
    “.. Maybe there ought to be a rule that nobody over age 30 can sit on the board of any sporting association…”

    How can a simple person make such an ageist discriminatory remark? A person- who herself (gender assignment based on your contributions) is no spring chicken- that has shouted down the walls of heaven to condemn to sexist attitudes and acts of the AX principal.
    You can’t condemn Broomes’ alleged misogynistic behaviour while upholding discrimination based on old age. Making a worthwhile contribution has nothing to do with age but with commonsense, a sense of fair play, integrity and honesty and most of all the ability to LISTEN to what others have to say. What would you say if the opposite statement was made against young people along these lines: “No person under the age of 30 can sit on any board of any business enterprise (commercial, industrial or service oriented)”.

    Discrimination based on a person’s race, religion, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability is totally unacceptable against people running for office where taxpayers’ or the public’s money is involved.

    It is that simple, Simon! And practice what you preach in the AX pulpit!


  47. Leadership is about vision, invigorating our sports program to excite and create opportunities for many young people will not happen through cricket, a dinosaur sport with mainly commonwealth appeal.


  48. Just yanking ya chain miller etc.

    However sport does NATURALLY discriminate against old people.

    I was once asked how many people over the age of 40 ever won a gold medal in the 100 metres at the Olympics.

    The answer is zero.

    So yes sport naturally discriminates against old people.

    So maybe we should do the same.


  49. i wonder if Freida Nicholls is part of the Olympic official team. saw her in today’s nation posing with one of the ceremonial guards. seems she has taken on the role of reporter too.


  50. how much of a role does the private sector play is also of importance. international sports benefits a lot from the support financially and through advertising from the private sectors ,most of the athletes entering these sports know that the incentives are good enough for making it worthwhile after winning which does not stop at receiving a medal. what incentives does barbados have to offer there athletes the role of private sector is equally as important in getting the country success and giving the athelete longterm recognition.


  51. @ Simple Simon | August 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM |
    “So yes sport naturally discriminates against old people.”

    So too does wisdom against young people, young yam!

    How many blacks ever won medals in the swimming or gymnastics?

    There are sports where older and more experienced people compete successfully.
    And I am sure there are still parts of you that when stimulated would feel “refreshed” and “rejuvenated” despite your ‘sell-by-date’ has gone like mine with a few drinks still left in the bottle (LOL!!).


  52. Does anyone know how the lottery works? Are their financials made public? It seems distasteful private interest should be raking in profits when the national interest would be better serve.


  53. @ David | August 3, 2012 at 6:39 AM |
    “Does anyone know how the lottery works? Are their financials made public? ”

    This is a SOS to “Amused”: Please help by shining your Legal light on this area of darkness.
    You have good track record with the vagrant horses and the AX CoI comedy show.
    Let us know about the legislation that governs Lotteries? Is it the Gaming and Betting Act?


  54. @ Miller
    “So too does wisdom against young people, young yam!”

    Well said!!
    Indeed, so too does sport in fact discrimate against youth. Anyone who really understands sport will know that behind the success of EVERY young athlete will be a team of wise, mature, hardworking experts such as coaches, trainers, physios, managers and other support persons who are REALLY responsible for such success.

    The athlete often contributes mainly strength, training, discipline and following directions.

    NOTHING BEATS WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE!!!

    The solution is not to put children to lead, it is to ensure that we choose the CORRECT leaders, and that we know what to look for in selecting leaders.

    It is always a bad sign when it appears that the “leaders” are more interested in the personal benefits than they are in the overall results.


  55. Who the hell is the guy Stout? Are you f-ing kidding me? Bajans deseve their poor showing at the olympics. His photo speaks volumes. Moreover, the comments here are for the most part nothing by pseudo intelectual bs diatribe about age discrimination. Demonstrating once again that bajans have no frigging clue. Salute to Bolt and Jamaica!!! If Jamaica would just get their solicial and political act together they would be an incredible force to recoconned with.


    • Anyone who doubts the importance of sports to a nation check Jamaica.
      Perhaps our failure to be serious about our sports program has to do with our laziness fuelled by a false sense of success through the years.


  56. do u expect anything different from Mr. Steve Stoute, look how he handpicked the simmons guy to be SG of BOA. That guy has always been dumb and stands for nothing, except to support Mr. Stoute over the years like a retriever. The Barbados Olympic Assocaition needs new blood and this incest must stop for us to make any headways in sports. What has become of the sports blue print that consulation was held on, although I thought that consultation was a waste of time. We need doers in sports and not talkers, until then we will always be at square one.

    I support the nationalisation of the lottery, instead of these miilionaires milking barbadians, i would prefer to be milked by a lottery that will invest in the arts, sports and cultural industries. Its time that a decsion be made in this regard. In England, i am told that profits from the lottery are use for such persons.

    It pains me that a delegation larger than the athletes always leave these shores, and in some instances travel first class, like how the Director of sports use to travel. Do we exspect to amke headways in sports when we cant even export our road tennis so we can have something to control; I heard some big talk about how we are the headquaters for the world road tennis assocaiation.What have we achieved since so much money was spent overseas promoting this sport. We have a lot of square pegs about the place.
    Why have the other caribbean countries surged ahead of us at the international level in all ares of sports? We have failed miseraby and there seems to be no hope.


  57. Re: David’s Comment ‘Anyone who doubts the importance of sports to a nation check Jamaica. Perhaps our failure to be serious about our sports program has to do with our laziness fuelled by a false sense of success through the years’ – You are right on point. Barbadians keep regurgitating about the education of its population (ostensibly 99%). OK, it is 2012. Move the f_k on. It’s sounds like an overplayed cheesy R&B song or even worse, soca riddim. Moreover, the people operate more like train seals than like progressive thinkers.

    Day number 2 since coming across this blog and the more I look at Stout’s photo and read about his self-aggrandizement that more I want back slap every single Bajan for continuing to allow these neo-colonialists to get away with their garbage. This is why I have less and less inclination to go back to Barbados. Again, they just don’t get it. I grew up among Jamaicans and can tell you that every single one sincerely believes s(he) is a star regardless of their state or with whom they are being compared. And they demand respect. Someone like Stout would have to watch the back of his head 24/7 if they tried to pull his shenanigans off in JA at the expense of their athletes. It is time that whites and their apparatchik field soldiers in the Barbadian government and society as a whole be severely disciplined. But it must start with image of self worth as it is clear that Errol Barrow’s ‘’Mirror Image” is relevant now more than ever. God forbid that I get tired of this cold weather and decide to move back to Barbados. Trust me they would be hell to pay.


  58. Nationalisation of the lottery? That would be sport, imagine how long we would wait for financial statements, imagine the auditor general report and imagine how much money would go walkies.


  59. @jake ”It is time that whites and their apparatchik field soldiers in the Barbadian government and society as a whole be severely disciplined”

    ————–

    Of course it would not be long before some jackass would trace the sporting failure back to an issue of race.

    Strange, Rihanna is the or one of the most successful pop artists the last five years, in AMURCA wid white people.

    Did that stop her? NO.

    Stop running to to de white people dsi and dat all the time. Lot of foolishness.

    No, no. Bajans too crab in a barrel, that is the underlying problem.


  60. @jake ”God forbid that I get tired of this cold weather and decide to move back to Barbados. Trust me they would be hell to pay.”

    —-

    Alrite, you is Sidney Burnett or whuh?


  61. Do Steve Stout and Brugger Johnson OWN the Olympic franchise in Barbados? If not who does …?

    The Olympio Lotteries was supposed to be turned over to the sporting institutions five years after it started … So said the five owners at the time, one being Oscar Jordan. This lottery has since been combined with its competitor then owned by the Turf Club to form one BIG lottery with the Turf Club owning half. This was all done with the well wishes of Owen Arthur who along with the present administration allowed the Turf Club get away with a TWENTY MILLION debt to the Inland Revenue people. Maybe the horses are benefiting but judging from the lack in response of overseas participation in the Club’s marque racing events it seems that the development of sport of any kind is still to be demonstrated …!


  62. Crusoe: (“Of course it would not be long before some jackass would trace the sporting failure back to an issue of race Strange, Rihanna is the or one of the most successful pop artists the last five years, in AMURCA wid white people”) Your comment exemplifies exactly what I am speaking of. Rihanna my arse. Are you kidding me? With all due respect toRihanna, don’t for one moment underestimate the juggernaut of an artist development team/machine that has brought her to the level where she is. Rihanna up till now has had little to do with her own success. Taking nothing away from her, she was/is young and was brought into a business which even the most seasoned artist will confess they know very little about. So Rihanna and the music industry is a very poor reference. And in the end that machine has so far done a magnificent job in making her a star. It seems like both Rihanna and her machine have all benefited. Can’t say the same of Stout to any degree.
    Anyway, sleep if you want to Crusoe, but race matters a whole lot in every component of Barbadian society. Like the myth of frogs in boiling water you like many others like you fail to see the ever increasing detriment that has surrounded you. Whites in Barbados would not sit at the same table with you or see you as an equal but they are consistently in positions of control over you. But like the frogs you are oblivious to the adverse condition that you have grown accustomed to. These bastards have had it good for a long time. And while they would not think of having you control any part of their existence you are quite content to have them control yours. And when they fail miserably in their positions or step out of line you fail to check them. Now you may think that I am a racist however I am not and I do nto have any tolerance for them. I have no problem with white Barbadians holding some positions of power in Barbados. But there is something deeply bothersome about it in practice in Barbados. And when as in the case of Stout I hear of more delegates than athletes going to the Olympics or of the money that is being squandered at the expense of the athletic program, and seeing such a pittance of representation at the Olympics, I want nothing more than heads to roll.
    Try to imagine African people in positions of authority or control of the lives of citizens in England, France, Australia, Ireland, or Germany. Mein gott!!! Quite a stretch of the imagination isn’t it? Further, try to imagine an African being inept or abusing his position. Much of the world has grown quite accustomed to Europeans in positions of authority even at the most incompetent levels. Europeans have carved a pretty nice situation for themselves around the world, Australia, -Sub Saharan Africa, Canada, US, Panama to Argentina, and the West Indies. Not bad at all.
    Anyway, we have four years to have a better showing. Prove me wrong and MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!! I done to.


  63. Cool it Jake … You could be speaking about sooooooo many people in responsible positions in Barbados … It don’ mek nah sense losing ya cool … HA HA HA


  64. I would agree strongly that accountability needs to be brought as to spending and devleopment for athletes and a REAL plan brought to the table.

    Unfortunately, this ;ack of accountability is across ALL spectrums of Barbados, political and government especially.

    As BAF says, I dont think it has anything to do with race, more of a guard on protecting the incompetents, the wasteful and ;lazy, with no result required or expected.

    But, you are all right, what IS the ratio of athletes to administrator travel, especially as an athlete with a qualifying time was left at home?


  65. Hey BAFBFP – Ok, I will try to stay calm but here is why I am livid. Barbadians are wallowing in mediocrity on every level and are quite content at being near average. Even in areas where we take pride in my opinion are analogous to what people in the US call ni**er rich. Saying that Barbados has a high literacy rate, or universal health care, or a stable government…give a dog a bone but don’t be fooled about the quality or standards applied to any of these so called accolades. I heard folks are scare to death of ending up in the hands of the medical staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Rote, robotic teaching methods from my days in primary school are still the teaching method of choice. Revamp the whole antiquated system. Unfortunately the brains of Barbadians youth are locked in a cacophonous box of feted American MTV youth culture that is all about money, hos, and clothes. We should be absolutely focused on developing world class progressive thinkers. Reinforce this principle in every single boy and girl every single hour of the day. Make them fearless and confident in life. Like warriors. F*ck the US, India, Brazil and the rest of lot. There is nothing that they can do that we cannot. Why can’t we be at the forefront of the sciences, business, architecture, sports? Reread Errol Barrow’s Mirror Image speech. I am currently reading a book on physics, and nearly every other physicist mentioned is Indian. As poor as India is. No one can deny their high regard for education and belief that they are preordained to be world leaders (once again). Same for the Chinese. But we compare ourselves to third world nations and so firmly believe that we have ascended to some degree of significance.

    So for Stout there are no repercussions for his atrocities and for Barbadians it’s enough to maybe see the Barbadian flag at the opening ceremony and not expect to bring home not one medal. Now back to whining up their behinds, and taking and talking shite.


  66. @Jake..who seems to be caught in a time warp…the eighteenth century is long gone and present day realities in Barbados do not jell with your views…most local whites exist on the margin and wield no power whatsoever…like ninety eight percent of our population, they live from pay day to pay day…as a tiny minority, local whites..as is the case with minorities all over the world, get “severely disciplined” all the time…if a few surface from the demoralizing pressure of minority status and contribute nationally, then so be it…they are making their contribution here and not elsewhere.
    One of the problems with sports in Barbados is too few people chasing too many sports…the potential talent pool gets increasingly fractured…hopefully, some talent scout in athletics will spot the next Usain Bolt here and whisk them up north to hone their skills. Check the background of most modern day athletes..even from the “highly developed world” and see where they train and learn…most of them go to the USA..the Brits, Russians etc..the Chinese send their people to Australia…all credit to Jamaica who have built on a solid foundation going back some fifty odd years…we don’t have the mass of population nor the traditions of Jamaica in athletics but one day a Kirani James type will be scouted right here in Barbados…..and note this….. in other sporting endeavours we have made an international mark….right now, we have not one, but four world class surfers in that growing sport.


  67. Also for Jake again..check out these Barbadian contributions from the historical past…a Barbadian doctor laid the ground work for blood transfusions, A Barbadian corrected and improved on Newton’s principles of optics which still has relevance today, a Barbadian doctor made a stirling intellectual contribution to Darwin’s theory of evolution, a Barbadian doctor helped to revolutionize pharmacology in the USA and Canada, a Barbadian doctor did some of the early work which led to the discovery of penicillin, including producing it right here in Barbados….even though things are not perfect at the QEH, there are very skilled surgeons working there who could be raking in millions elsewhere….you do them a disservice by being so dismissive of them, but I should imagine that perspectives from a distance tend to become distorted.


  68. @Karl Watson. Good points of which a couple I did not know however, with all respect due, taking nothing away, these are one offs. I am talking about a movement. Achievement replicated. A national competitive spirit wholeheartely supported by goverment, business and the Barbadian diaspora. Achievement that becomes synonimous with mentioning Barbados as now track and field is with Jamaica. And yes I am abroad but I can tell you with not hesitation that I did not turn my back. I have thought about this long and hard and I am convinced that we can someday compete beyond tourism, sugar cane and off shore banking. Let’s get 100 serious Barbadians, at home and abroad to come together and strategize an agressive plan to ensure excellence in a couple areas. In 5-10 years you will see what I am talking about,. I am willing to put the time and money where my mouth is.

    Re; QEH, the fact that some doctors remain in Barbados rather than go abroad where they can make money is no reason to tolerate the incredibly poor concern that my aunt, who is a nurse, withnessed when she visited her mother-in-law in that hospital. I wonder if a survey or public opinion poll on what Barbadians think of the quality of service at QEH, That would be a good start.

    Anyway @Karl. I appreaciate and respect what your response. Nonetheless Stoute and the rest like him, white or black, are not getting off so easily.


  69. @ Karl Watson | August 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM |

    Don’t you think it would be more informative if you had mentioned the names of those Barbadians who have made such outstanding and valuable contributions to modern civilization?
    Most Barbadians do not have the slightest clue of the great loyal sons and daughters who have made distinctive and excellent contributions outside of Bim. Even some of those that made significant contributions locally are not mentioned.
    So Karl, let us ‘big up’ these and at least mention their names.


  70. Miller

    Mention their names sure, but they were probably recipients of scholarships who have moved on to contribute to the “world”… Wow…! Barbados is in competition with the rest of the world. Be proud of these people yes, but leave it there. I think Jake is zoning here. Let Carl Watson do what Carl Watson does very well, being a public relations consultant as is required in delivering of a history of Barbados, my God, and he does it for free ….


  71. @Millerthe anununaki…point well taken..Dr Leacock (St Lucy) in the early nineteenth century demonstrated that intra species blood transfusion was feasible, Dr Benjamin Bynoe (Christ Church) accompanied Charles Darwin for four years on the Beagle, did a lot of collecting and field analysis for Darwin and helped with Darwin’s theory of evolution, Gibbes Walker Jordan (Speightstown, St Peter) revised some of Newton’s findings and his academic work was published in every European language, Dr Bourne (St Michael) did revolutionary work in pharmacology in Canada and the USA…Dr Harry Bayley (of Bayley’s clinic on the Bayland) did early work in the UK on penicillin, resisted the siren call of fame and fortune abroad, came home where he did sterling work, including identifying leptospirosis…today, one name from the QEH roster Mr Gill the neurosurgeon…entirely capable of working any where in the world or overseas, Paul Steinbok another neurosurgeon, who at thirteen was in the Modern Sixth at Harrison College with myself as he was biding time to enter the Science Sixth.
    If the detailed research was done to identify those Barbadians who have made or continue to make globally significant contributions to world civilization, we as a nation would be astonished that so few of us, from what is no bigger than a market town in the UK, USA or Canada, have made and continue to make our mark at world level…even in the space industry at NASA, a Barbadian, a Mr Hutchinson played a significant role. So I agree..we need to “big up” our top achievers, past and present, so that those who follow can truly say…there are no limitations imposed by size…if we have the will and the drive, we too can succeed.


    • Isn’t the issue here more about how meger resources are being managed by fat cats, that is, our administrators and politicians?


  72. @BAFBFP…what’s wrong with giving back a little??? I was educated in this island at public expense…is civic duty so old fashioned??….I’ve never thought of myself as a public relations consultant, but then one of my father’s favourite sayings comes back to haunt me…”if we could only see ourselves as others see us!”


  73. No. NO! The issue has become one of demoting the relevance of being Barbadian in a competitive world market space over those who have been adopted by all and sundry.


  74. Watson of the people you name are any black? I didnt think so. What of the fellow Prof Headley, a scientist who invented water heaters or something?


  75. @ Karl Watson | August 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM |

    We notice you have mentioned a number of outstanding Bajans of English, Irish and Scottish heritage. Do you (from your expert knowledge) know of any people of African ancestry who from the late 17th Century made a name for Barbados if not for themselves? What about the role played by Bajan Tituba in the Salem Witchhunts? Despite Rev. Parris’, the Bajan ex- resident, attempts at exorcism Tituba’s craft is still practised today even in circles at the highest level of the land.
    A practice so endemic in our school system that not even Rev. Jones the minister for religious education can get rid of the demons possessing our little witches in our schools.


  76. Regarding Tituba, the debate over her ethnicity still rages….was she African or Amerindian?? From time to time, one can tease out from the surviving evidence, examples of skilled Africans/Afro descendants…for example, in a cartouche of the Mayo map, two Africans are shown operating the waywiser for Mayo which presupposes some knowledge of surveying/mathematics…I came across a reference to an African man who in the early eighteenth century was employed by the white merchants of Bridgetown to teach their children mathematics and languages. The first successful and largely uncelebrated black merchant of Bridgetown was Joseph Rachel…when I do tours of Bridgetown and mention him, no one seems to have heard of him, though everyone is aware of Rachel Pringle Polgreen. The surname Polgreen is an interesting one, associated with Barbados….I suspect though I have yet to uncover the evidence, that the black composer/violinist of the early nineteenth century Polgreen Bridgetower who was at some time associated with Beethoven, is credited with introducing some elements of Afro Barbadian music to Beethoven (primarily tuk band rhythms) and who played for all the crowned heads of Europe, had some Barbadian connection. Frankly, the evidence for black achievers in the seventeenth and eighteenth century is slim…when we come on to the second half of the nineteenth century and twentieth century, the story changes…just one example…a survey of outstanding black academics/educators of USA institutions would reveal a surprising number of Barbadians who have played and continue to play a major role there…@ David…Mr Gill the neurosurgeon I used as an example of modern day medical achievers is non white and there are many other black doctors working today at the QEH, who could easily find a job elsewhere, if they so desired…my reason for pointing such individuals out was not to shift from the topic of sports administration, but to provide a different view to that expressed by Jake re the alleged poor quality of the staff of the QEH….and yes BAFBFP, medicine does bring in foreign exchange for Barbados…many people from neighbouring islands opt to do surgery here which they pay for..in vitro fertilization is another example of a foreign exchange earner.


  77. Come on Stoute its high time you resign go home watch tv rest yourself. You have been an abysmal failure be a man move on let someone else have a go at improving Barbados athletic fortunes.

    If you dont leave now after the London disaster we know for sure you are around simply to ride the gravy train not to take track and field to the next level. Dont let the door hit you on the way out.


  78. Ok. So there is not any of you jumping at the suggestion that we collaborate to formulate a movement to stop / limit the BS and mediocrity going on in Barbados. Fine. Stay tuned!!


    • Who read Steve Stoute in the Big Interview today? Some ass covering if ever there is a case. What he and like minded don’t understand is that throwing money at sports is part of it. It must be done as part of trying to unfold a national strategy. Does he think the Olympic society invest in sports in Jamaica without consulting intimately with stakeholders to ensure the resources is received in the areas they want? A simple thing like the suggestion Barney Lynch made today i.e. to make regional broadcast available free to air across the region to show the centre of excellence that is track and field. The same for T&T.


  79. @David
    “It must be done as part of trying to unfold a national strategy.”

    show me a national strategy that has worked in Barbados…


  80. I am tired of this long talk. where the hell is the sport tourism strategy to take the various sport forward. Firstly there is a need to construct multipurpose administrative buildind for the various sport discipline staffed to service all the disciplines. Government and the private sector can fott the cost of constructing the building and it subsequentlt handed offr to the sport administrator who will be responsible collectively for the paying of the electricyt and water blls among other things.

    Before the yearly stipen is given to the sporting bodise, they shoud have to produce a development plan for the sport, as well as a marketing strategy. And. only when that is done should funds be released. Fund should not be gven to sporting organisation if the sport does not maiatain consistency in performance over a specified period. Too many sporting bodies send tems overseas and they produce poorly and all type of excuses are offered for this performance. THE BOA should not only be funding olypic sports, but all sports, if its charter prevent it from doing so, some of the pittance from the lott funds should be used more for non-olympic sorts.

    I am quite aware that we need to invest to get returns. In this regard, we need to nationalise the lottery. NO PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE BENFITTING FROM LOTTERY EARNINGS. Let sport and culture benefit.

    Businesses should be encouraged to carry outstandin sportmen/women on their payroll and this would no doubt be deductible wxpense.

    The mony spent on large delgations could be put aside to assit the sports men. There need to be new blood in the BOA who can think radically. Over the last few years what have happened to, netball, basketball, football,hocey among others. We continue to either remain stagamt or fail to improve our ranking regionally.

    I am most disappointed that, besides andrea, oba and Ryan, we have not made any inroads internationally in sports. Countries like grenada, st. kitts, st. lcia and antigua seem to have moved ahead in athletics and football. We need to have new administrators in place to move the sports forward.

    Congratualtions to the caribbean athletes who have done the region proud. I will end on a sad note by condemning Bolt;s behabiou in not showing team unity when jamoca won the men’s relay. It was not a bolt effort, but a team effort yet his selfish behaviour was evident. Can you imagine on each accosion he was successful, his team mates were literally ostracized by him before he congratulated them, not so with the pompuse americans.


  81. @To The Point: I am quite aware that we need to invest to get returns. In this , we need to nationalise the lottery. NO PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE BENFITTING FROM LOTTERY EARNINGS. Let sport and culture benefit.
    Thanks. This seems to be a very good place to start shaking thinks up. Thus far I have 12 persons that are committed to addressing matters. Not a terrible start. Again, anyone here willing to put in work?


  82. @ To the point | August 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM |
    “NO PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE BENEFITTING FROM LOTTERY EARNINGS. Let sport and culture benefit.”

    This is the most intelligent point you have ever made and one that has my total support.
    Let the net proceeds from the lotto game of chance business be used to fund sports and culture with minimum financial contributions and hence influence from central government. After all, lottery money is money from the financial dreams of ordinary people from whom most athletes and cultural practitioners arrive.
    But we need to be careful with the management format of this lottery business. It should be a Non-profit organization with no political interference or appointees. The board of management could comprise of representatives of civic organizations and other sporting and cultural interests.


  83. 2012 Olympics are over Barbados returned home empty handed as usual, apart from one ocassion 2000 when the legendary Obadele picked up a bronze. The constructive critics have put away their pens . Steve Stoute and the parasites at Boa have resumed “duties”.

    Us laymen are at a lost as to what “duties” they actually do on a daily basis. What we do do know is in 2016 when Rio rolls around Stoute and his crew Brugga, Esther and the rest will hop on a plane first class if you please jet off for Rio and the junket starts all over again.

    As per normal Barbados officials will outnumber the small team of athletes in Rio. Barbados will not earn not even a bronze medal, Stoute will proclaim ahtletics is not getting support although he runs the main support agency. He will give a stuffed shirt interview looking pompous and important. Barbados will remain the perennial laughing stock of Caribbean athletics.

    Stoute will return home things will be dormant until 2020 when he and his officials fly off to wherever the Olympics are taking place. The tiny squad Bajan athletes will go win nothing return home and the unproductive beat goes on until 2024 when———-well youve got the drift by now.


  84. The sports which will cast ballots at the BOA AGM are: archery, athletics, basketball, badminton, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, hockey, judo, karate, gymnastics, netball, orienteering, squash, swimming, surfing, equestrian, taekwondo, tennis, table-tennis, rugby, wrestling, sailing, bridge, chess, golf, handball, shooting, triathlon, volleyball and weightlifting.

    BOA voting takes place today .A look at the sports voting allows one to clearly see why Stoute with his mates Brugga and Simmons stay put for 40 years in BOA leadership despite non performance and complete failure.
    Hand to mouth sports headed by incompetent leeches like cycling, boxing, coupled with irrelevant white sports like equestrian, surfing, gymnastics prop up Stoute. Stoute doles out crumbs to the beggars and they vote him in.


  85. A late response to Balance – I was not part of the Barbados Official Contingent to London 2012. I paid my way to London and as an Olympian, was a member of the management team at the Olympians Reunion Centre (ORC) hosted by the World Olympians Association at the Wellesley Barracks, home of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. And yes, I did media features as well for The Nation. Had done TV coverage for Sydney 2000, and radio reports for VOB from Athens & Beijing. While in London I also did presentations to young people from the surrounding areas on Olympism and to visiting University students from the USA studying Sports Management. The ORC is the meeting place for Olympians at every Games since Atlanta 1996, and we socialize, watch the competition, host meetings of member nations, interact with organizations and young people from the host nation, and facilitate media events.


  86. Freida : Were you paid ?
    Freida : How much were you paid ?

    JUST ASKING

    P.S You are about a year late with your above response
    I expect a two year wait for your response to my questions

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