“[…] The evident disrespect of the Arima Municipal Police was one for the books last Thursday as they came with a mission to clearly obstruct young men with talent, living in communities with no respect for the police.
“What do we expect after such incidents? […]”
The following slightly edited Letter to the Editor on the intervention by the Arima Municipal Police, who prematurely ended a NLCL U-19 Community Cup fixture at the Arima Velodrome on Thursday 5 May, was submitted by D Daniel of Malabar:
I happened to be present at that unfortunate incident at the Arima Velodrome last Thursday night, when the police decided to end a football match prematurely. The Arima Municipal Police (AMP) disrespected the Chief Executive Officer and Council by taking instructions from a ‘junior’ senior administrator at the Corporation without consulting the heads.
The move seemed like the emotional foray of a jilted lover—either the police or the ill-fated Admin—who would take their marbles if they couldn’t have their way or come to an amicable decision.
The evident disrespect of the AMP was one for the books last Thursday as they came with a mission to clearly obstruct young men with talent, living in communities with no respect for the police. What do we expect after such incidents? Would young men in Malabar continue to treat the AMP with the respect it deserves?
It is my understanding that the Council tried its very best to facilitate the tournament and this premature climax has really thrown a cold blanket on the sport of football at the Velodrome. Only the people of Arima and environs will suffer.
Sport is as ticklish as politics is. Even the article published by this news site spoke about the Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/O’Meara, the Honourable Lisa Morris-Julian, writing to the CEO of the Corporation. This is probably a sticky note or love letter because the MP surely won’t be taken seriously without passing through whoever leads the Council now. She ought to know better!
In closing, the Arima Borough Council and all stakeholders need to come together for the future and benefit of the people of the Borough of Arima. The Velodrome is only one of a few gems left for use by the people of Arima as everything else has taken flight from Arima, including basic services.