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Dear Editor: Stakeholders should approach CMOH with ideas for safe sporting activity

“[…] Can the stakeholders assist the government by coming up with ideas for sports to play during this period—even if it is just to allow for some level of training?

“[…] This could be done by groups making an application to the respective Office of the County Medical Officer of Health as well as to regional corporations and owners of other sporting facilities…”

Photo: A Petrotrin Palo Seco player (right) tries engineer an attack during 2017 RBNYL U-15 action against Club Sando at La Brea Recreational Grounds.
Palo Seco won 2-0. (Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

The following letter to editor on the government’s ban on sporting activities, due to its Covid-19 measures, was submitted to Wired868 by Ricky Ragoonanan, a citizen of T&T:

Don’t allow the cow to stave or, worse yet, to die while the grass is growing.

Can stakeholders assist the government by coming up with ideas for sports to play during this period—even if it is just to allow for some level of training?

I suggest the government join hands with stakeholders to develop policies and guidelines that will allow for some level of training and maybe even some games during this period.

This could be done by groups making an application to the respective Office of the County Medical Officer of Health as well as to regional corporations and owners of other sporting facilities, which can allow for the control of crowds.

If these groups meet the requirements, then grant them a ‘Permission to Play’ certificate under Covid-19 guidelines. This certificate will then be forwarded to the commissioner of police who would inform the senior superintendent in charge of the respective police division where the said sporting activity is to occur.

Photo: La Horquetta SA attacker Aydan Williams (left) takes on a Trincity Nationals opponent during Republic Bank National Youth League action at Constantine Park, Macoya on 4 June 2016.
Williams scored the equaliser as the teams played to a 1-1 draw.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CAI Sports/All Sport)

With this measure in place, the district police station, via mobile patrol, will be able to observe if laws are being broken and, if so, can enforce the law could.

This may seem to be a lot of work just for a game, but this is about much more than a game. This is about saving our sports as well as lives while trying to move forward in a responsible and lawful manner.

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  1. What is the Ministry of Sports stance in all of this? If the Minister’ of Sports is not involved or seemingly not interested to engage in decisions or push to have some strategy in place for safe and effective running of even recreational sports during this period, then who are we?

    Sports has no place in Trinidad unless you are a elite athlete, apparently they forget before you become elite you must be an amateur