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SporTT responds to Hockey Board claims
The Ministry of Sport and the Sport Company of T&T (SporTT) has refuted claims made by president of the T&T Hockey Board (TTHB) Douglas Camacho, published in the Express Newspaper yesterday in regard to the allocation of funds to the TTHB.
SporTT via a media release yesterday indicated the allocation of funds made by the sport company to the TTHB for 2012/2013 was $1.8 million and was disbursed based on a projection of expenditure on development programme and capacity building within hockey.
The release stated: “Not only did the TTHB exhaust and exceed this allocation, the organisation in fact spent more on high performance (competitions involving the national teams at home and abroad) than on raising the profile of the sport and increasing the critical mass, especially of young persons playing hockey in T&T.”
It added that with respect to the hosting of the FIH Qualifier for the World Hockey League in Trinidad, last year, Camacho misled the public by insinuating that the event was in keeping with the national sport tourism thrust.
“The reality is that the hemispheric tournament generated little to no income, had very few spectators and virtually no international media coverage. These are the fundamental indicators of a potentially successful event for the sport tourism industry, none of which were attained.”
The release added, “Further, the notion that the monies spent on the World Hockey League tournament would be separate and apart from the annual subvention could not have been agreed by the Ministry nor SporTT. The decision to host the tournament was made wholly by the TTHB and was supported by the Government as part of the annual subvention to the organisation. This is the Ministry’s and SporTT’s well-articulated policy with respect to National Governing Bodies (NGBs). It is unlikely therefore that Mr Camacho has any documentation from the Ministry or SporTT to substantiate his claim.”
In concluding, the release stated that the Ministry of Sport and SporTT wishes to reiterate that in its annual subventions to NGBs, the accepted ratio of funding allocated to development versus elite 60:40.
“NGBs are encouraged to be frugal and judicious in their spending of taxpayers’ dollars and to adopt an athlete-centred approach to sport.”
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