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Sport Ministry explains decision to stop TTFA funding

The following is a press release issued by the Ministry of Sport:

Senator the Honourable Brent Sancho, Minister of Sport continues to press for full accountability and proper monitoring across all areas of the sporting landscape. He has urged all of the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport who receive funding from the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) to put their accounts in order if they wish to continue receiving support from the Government purse.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and general secretary Sheldon Phillips. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee (right) and general secretary Sheldon Phillips.
(Courtesy Wired868)

His latest call comes as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has been mandated to provide audited financials for the millions of dollars the organisation has received over the last few years via multiple subventions from the both state entities. 

In November 2014, Cabinet approved the disbursement of just over TT$9 million to help service the massive debt of the organisation with much of it allocated to salary and stipend arrears for the technical team members and the players on the men’s senior team.

However, funding to the Association has been halted temporarily while the Ministry awaits the submission of the audited financials from the NGB. Just last month, the Ministry announced that it commissioned an independent financial and procedural audit into the operations of the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control.

This is all part of the Ministry’s mandate to ensure accountability and transparency in state funding and governance best practice. This approach is in keeping with the tenants and guidelines of the State Enterprises Performance Monitoring Manual (SEPMM) are followed with strict adherence to statutory compliance and performance monitoring.

Photo: Sport Minister Brent Sancho (centre) pays a visit to Bourg Mulatresse. (Courtesy SPORTT Company)
Photo: Sport Minister Brent Sancho (centre) pays a visit to Bourg Mulatresse.
(Courtesy SPORTT Company)

The Ministry continues to encourage all National Governing Bodies, as autonomous sporting organizations duly affiliated to their respective International Federations, to keep building on the foundation already laid and, with a unified voice and spirit, seek to improve the welfare, development and athletic prowess of our beloved athletes that continue to bring pride and joy to our country.​

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  1. People go into office to enrich themselves at the expense of the athletes and the society ! What has Tim KEE done differently ?

  2. Sanco has an axe to grind and he is digging it deep. Hope he knows what goes around comes around. Why doesny he go after the guy who has our 30 million without writing a sentence for LifeSport. Let this government continue playing politics with sports. Soon the people will have the power. Soon and very soon.

  3. Great. CBOs have to do this also to get funding so this is in order. Only way to get a handle on things. Population should be happy with this move.

  4. So… no mention of the financial documents taken during the raid… I mean, levey on the old TTFF headquarters? Why doesn’t Sanko return the documents to the TTFA so that they could comply with his request?

  5. This should not be too difficult to resolve. The Prime Minister approved outstanding salaries and players’ dues that are expected to carry to and through the 2015 June Gold Cup. The MOS, the Honourable Brent Sancho, should honor these and from a, thereafter standpoint, apply his regulatory standards and expectations of the T&TFA. Raymond Timkee is in a bind to try and hold the fort together, sail toward each new “port” and deal with these amidst past and “baggage”. All of our football woes are hinged on the fact that it has no plan and when we have a plan, it is drowned in the immediate – we never seem to have the vision and staying power. Plans need blood to flow in its capillaries, veins, and arteries for it to be sustained even if its very nature in one that is constantly unfolding and mutating. Give them the money mister Minister – remember your fight with me, as your coach in the early 2002’s and the strike you brought on when you were not yet a somebody in your early days!

    • This is nothing more than a contrivance on the part of The “Honourable” Minister, and the latest in a string of broken promises by the MoS under this PP government. Their established MO is to promise assistance, renege, then ride in at the last minute like the cavalry to the rescue, while serving humble pie to the TTFA in as public a fashion as possible.

  6. Is this PPG talking about financial accountability ? Smh

  7. How many years now we keep saying it has to change and it still stinks. SMH!!

  8. Either way football is suffering. Lack of funding, poor administration, football suffers. Funding, poor administration, football surfers.

  9. It has to change and it will,we must have reputable candidates to vote for and not vote party

  10. Transparency??? Since when either party know anything about transparency. The only thing suffering here is Football,not Tim Kee, Phillips or Sancho.

  11. saw this from a 100 miles away coming with HID high beams on….

  12. Accountability, transparency! Seems Sancho is walking the talk.

  13. Excellent, once you receiving taxpayers money you most account for it.

  14. Forgot about him, guess that’s a good thing