There may well have been previous occasions when all the country's NGBs have received funding from the government. So there should be some form of satisfaction for the sporting bodies to pay their “day to day” bills within their offices.
By my calculation each body got an estimated $60,000 which does not appear to be a lot of money, especially when we have witnessed disbursements to other organisations during the course of the year when national teams have to honour commitments for official regional and international tournaments on a regular basis.
I suppose that the sums handed out are just subventions and not specifically directed to any of these projects.
The budgets, which should be documented well in advance of an annual programme for each association, has hardly ever been exposed to the clubs and stakeholders to reflect the estimated expenditure for each year.
And while the contribution of these funds has been presented, the true financial picture regarding expenditure to each NGB is another issue.
Some folks may well claim that the financial state of each sporting organisation is nobody's business until these same associations start the shouting gameat the Ministry of Sports for money to send teams on official regional and international tours.
I will admit that the accounting business is probably more complex than it appears and tends to confuse the general public.
So the happy faces in the newspaper when the cheques are handed out, seem satisfied with their handout from Government.
Surely, the payment pattern from the Treasury will appear to be understood as financial support to the organisations but does this commitment not include the Zonal clubs and associations in cricket and football?
Then there is the poor maintenance of many of the recreation grounds which are located in the various communities, leaving the users of these facilities to struggle to develop their game, because of unkept playing fields and courts with all kinds of challenges.
The handing out funds from both SporTT and the Ministry of sports never seems to benefit the communities, and the villages in which clubs are born and faced thousand dollars in registration and referees fees and these same clubs have to offset the cost of maintaining the playing fields in the communities. The question is why?
R.I.P Michael McComie
Finally, the passing of Michael Mc Comie, a former national World Cup goalkeeper and extremely talented player, has been much of a shock to many of us who have known Mike for any length of time.
Being a 13-year-old member of the Malta Carib Alcons Academy through to the end of his national career, the credit which I have often given him as his commitment to the most difficult position on the field, the goalkeeper. He was certainly a very professional when in the act of competition at any level. His most brilliant period was when he represented the National team at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup final in Portugal. I was actually one of a handful of Trini fans to have witnessed the brilliance of this custodian. He's one of the first goalkeepers whose desire and ability to act as a sweeper back and distribute the ball with the accuracy and intelligence of a midfielder.
Michael Mc Comie's contribution to the game through his exposure for the various clubs he served, was worthy of much praise and on behalf of my own Academy, My thanks and appreciation, plus a sincere wish for a special place in the midst of the good Lord.
I am also disappointed to know that some of the national footballers who played during the days when football was presented by teams with competence which would have measured with some of the best in the world. Nevertheless, there was little or no credit was given to names such as Carlton Squeakie Hinds, arguably the best dribbler in the great game and was the first in two locals to have been employed to play professionally in England.
Names like Lawrence Rondon, Leon Carpet, Ray Roberts, Kenny Akal, Ronnie Woods the English-born T&T defender Kevin Austin have all passed away silently in a manner which has left me with the absence of respect and commitment which those stalwarts have produced for the country's best team and also the national teams.
What is even more disturbing is that volunteers to the sport have given excellent service and dedication on and off the field without receiving a penny as salary and you can compare their contributions with the present professionals whose demand for better salaries through their moderate performances on the field of work have not yet filled the stands in the stadiums with fans.
And, finally, I wonder if the Ministry of Sportt have considered an archive in the Ministry's offices to put on display a brief history of these ambassadors of the various sporting associations so that they can be remembered for what they have given gallantly in bringing recognition and fame to Trinidad and Tobago over the decades... If not, Why Not?