Here we go again were the words that entered my mind. Comess blared the headlines, and once again sport is aligned to bacchanal! And it's connected to the auditor general's report, this time the Sport and Culture Fund report for the years 2005 and 2009.
What's particularly galling about all of this is that national sport organisations that are making herculean efforts to answer the transparency, accountability and good governance bell are exposed to the outright hypocrisy and double standards that seems so prevalent at this time.
At every turn, in both the private and public sector, any proposal for funding support is greeted with the requirement for audited accounts as national sport organisations are quite rightly held to a high standard.
Yet when the mark buss, the hypocrisy and double standards are there for all to see.
Corruption, poor governance and double standards are not values that go hand in hand or that align with sport values and the integrity of sport.
National sport organisations that are serious about their brand and maintaining and protecting their brand values and integrity, must stay away from associating with companies, entities or organisations that don't reflect the values of sport. They have to stand strong and say no.
The desperate need for funding shouldn't come at the price of brand integrity or brand values. It matters not the quantum of money on offer. There are ethical, principle-based private and public companies. Sport organisations need to align with and seek out those partnerships and alliances.
It's frustrating for those who are trying to do things by ethical standards to witness those who show the willingness to turn a blind eye, pinch their nose and do anything for money or other inducements, reaping the benefits.
Stakeholders within sport need to become more vocal and activist oriented about wanting corruption free sport.
Those who sincerely want to clean up the image of sport must say stop the hypocrisy and double standards and expose those who intend to hide their real motive, which is to evade scrutiny and hide behind claims of being democratic and transparent.
Strong efforts need to be made to protect the good name and image of sport.
Comess, bacchanal and corruption aren't the values of sport. Changes do not happen overnight but will take time.
Certain qualities are needed if we are to achieve ten Olympic Gold medals by the year 2024.
Number one is attitude. You have to have a never say die attitude. You have to have a no shortcuts attitude.
Then there is honesty: We have to admit that we have to learn. Too many of us aren't willing to admit that we don't know that we don't know.
We need to have a plan and work according to that plan.
We have a big goal and that is to win gold medals. Success is not measured on the destination, it is not the end result, and it is constant. You have a goal, and then you need to plan your path to achieving that goal.
We need to have athletes who can deal with that kind of pressure that comes with striving to be the best they possibly can be.
The question we must ask ourselves every time we do something is will this make us better? If it doesn't make us better then we don't do it. If it does, we do it again and again and again.
Striving to achieve a goal means that we are not at the mercy of the things that matter the least.
We have to stay away from things that can distract us.
Comess, bacchanal, corruption and poor undemocratic governance and governing are distractions that if left to rule the roost will prove our undoing.
We need a rest from the negative headlines whenever sport is mentioned.
Brian Lewis is president of the T&T Olympic Committee. The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the T&TOC.