Ask Govt first, warns Lashley
Sporting organisations have been cautioned that while Government remained committed to the development of sports and to providing assistance in funding sports, such organisations should not commit Government expenditure for hosting events without getting approval.
That warning came from Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth Steven Lashely, who recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, as he addressed the opening ceremony of the Barbados Cycling Union workshop at the Barbados Olympic Association Headquarters in Wildey.
The minister said: “No association or federation has a right to take any steps which commit Government expenditure, by bidding for or accepting to host events prior to approaching Government for funding and obtaining the Government’s prior commitment.
You should always use your organisational skills to play well and, to ensure that before acting, you have a mandate for making such a commitment.
“Organisations are asked to note that such Government approval and formal sanction must precede any bid for, or commitment to host such an event in anticipation of Government funding,” Lashley emphasised.
The recently held AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship was inherited by the Government which took over in 2008.
The championship had relied heavily on financial input from Government and the BOA for what turned out to be a successful hosting of the tournament.
The two-day workshop is aimed at introducing many of the upcoming stars to the various demands of a modern day athlete to be successful on the international stage.
The expected turn-out of over 40 particpants saw just over a dozen attending the ceremony which drew the attention and ire of some of the speakers, including first vice-president of the BCU, Keith Simmons.
Simmons was also peeved by comments recently made in the Press which were critical of Barry Forde, and the former Government minister and magistrate indicated that he would be holding a press conference shortly to let the public know the real story behind Forde’s performances.
Even so, Simmons was quick to point out that the workshop was part of the BCU’s plan to ensure that the days were over where riders were sent to international events to “drop out” and not finish.
Lashley, who was full of praise for the athletes and facilities which they used in Delhi, said that the BCU should be lauded for embracing new technoligies, methods and practices to keep abreast of the game.
“The administration of the Barbados Cycling Union and indeed sportsmen and women in their respective disciplines, must be equally committed to [the] pursuit and maintenance of excellence, high ethical standards and sportsmanlike behaviour.
“For centuries tha term conveyed the unmistakable sense of fairness and generosity in dealing with others, and an undeniable stamp of approval,” Lashely stated.