Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley has called for universal principles of “minimum standards” to be adopted by all sporting bodies in the island.
At the opening ceremony of the Olympic Solidarity Forum at Hilton Barbados yesterday, Lashley suggested that such a system could eliminate controversies which were often disastrous for those bodies.
Moreover, the minister charged that the absence of minimum standards could undermine the development of sport and lead to heightened suspicion about unethical behaviour and even allegations of corruption.
“We need to go a step further by establishing a specific process for securing compliance to these standards by sports organisations. I fully endorse these principles and would advise every sports organisation in Barbados and elsewhere, who have not already done so, to speedily adopt these minimum standard,” the minister said.