Athletes applying for Elite Athletes Assistance Funding (EAAP) from government will have until April 1 to submit their applications.
The Ministry of Sports and Community Development in a release on Friday confirmed this but it also made it clear that athletes applying for the fund will have to meet a criteria including being ranked among the top 40 in the world in their respective discipline.
Applicants are also required to be an Olympic medallist, a medal winner at the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC), represent the country at a sanctioned international meet and make themselves available for selection at the stipulated Games within the Olympic quadrennial.
According to the release the EAAP has been on offer by government since 2006 and has supported over 120 different athletes over the years. "The programme remains essential to providing our athletes with a means of subsidizing the expenses involved in the athletic development of our most outstanding athletes as they work to bring glory, pride and honour to T&T on the world stage.
Despite the various challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Sport and Community Development, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of T&T, seeks to ensure that the efforts of its stakeholders are supported and facilitated. The Ministry remains committed to the development of sport and sport for development, as articulated in the National Policy on Sport 2017 to 2027," it concluded.
Meanwhile, the ministry disbursed TT$1,611,787.00 in financial support to the T&T Hockey Board to assist with the participation of the Senior men's and women's teams for the 2022 Senior Pan American Cup in Santiago, Chile from January 19-30.
Last year a mix-up in the language, of a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) report, caused the T&T junior men’s hockey team to be unable to get off the plane in Chile.
Yesterday Minister Shamfa Cudjoe reaffirmed that her government will continue to invest in sports and its athletes despite the difficult economic times due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.