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DUDUS IS NOT AN ESKIMO by Rae Samuel

posted 14 Mar 2013, 02:34 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 14 Mar 2013, 02:35 ]
Even as this train wreck of an administration stumbles from wreckage to wreckage, one cannot but imagine what disaster will unfold next in this eerie political landscape. Oddly enough, this was re-enforced for me as I looked at the "Hoops for life" basketball finals shoot-outs, which were intended to diminish shoot outs off the court. 

Let me say before proceeding that the notion that sport by itself can alleviate social ills, change anti-social behaviour is escapist thinking at best, patent dishonesty at worst. Fanon (good time to be reading him now) always would say/write that there is a difference between a man/woman who played sport, and a "sportsman/woman". If that were the case that sport would by itself alleviate poverty and anti-social behaviour, then Brazil, through football would be have been a socialist paradise since 1958.

There would have been no election bloodletting in Kenya, home of East Africa's finest long distance runners during elections. And thanks to Usain Bolt, "Dudus Coke" would have been an Eskimo, not a Jamaican don!

The "Hoops for life" programme came down to a million dollar final between Laventille and Marabella. So what of the communities that did not make the cut? What happens now in terms of development? This writer knows from direct experience how useful and productive developmental programmes can be. Competition of that type is adversarial and exclusive. What happens to those ambitious players who bought the line but are now out of the loop/hoop? Wait ‘til next year's million dollar play offs?

Sport can be a tool for national development. Like any other resource, there needs to be an organised structure to support it. The Jamaican success story began in 1948, when the sporting community saw the potential to develop a national brand/pride and organised around it. We know of the successes but are unaware that Jamaica for decades has had one of the finest centres for development of Physical Education and Sport. 

Dr. Iva Gloudon, former director of Sport and Physical Education (SPEC) developed a similar facility against tremendous odds right here in Trinidad and Tobago, but most of the local sporting community did not capitalise on it..Oh, she is in Jamaica now! Maybe she saw where we were NOT going!
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