Romany calls for sober assessment

Sunday, August 31 2008

THE foundation for Trinidad and Tobago’s impressive showing at the recent Beijing Olympics was established in 2000 said Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Larry Romany.

Romany in making a call for “a sober perspective” said it is important that the focus be kept on the process and the importance of long-term planning and a modernised sport development infrastructure.

“Little things lead to big successes. Any initiative that is started now or earlier this year will be with 2016 and beyond in mind. Planning for 2008 and 2012 began in 2000,” said Romany.

The local Olympic official is of the view that establishing the sport infrastructure is a work in progress and therefore there is a grave danger that the momentum can be lost should the Olympic stakeholders take their eyes of the ball and miss what is important and necessary.

“The best is yet to come from the 2008 Olympians, the exception being Dexter St Louis who has indicated that he will retire from the Olympic Arena. But we have to be spot-on with the needs analysis. Beijing is history and the 2012 activation plan is now the TTOC’s focus,” he said.

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