The youngsters who participate in any of the top sports in T&T have often been known to make remarks about old-stagers like myself such as “you guys are old-timers and know nothing about today’s sport”.
Funnily, this comment is now very acceptable to all of us, just because young and old have witnessed different levels of the major sport. The veterans are able to have compared different eras especially when they are in their 60s and 80s, while the youngsters are witnessing the current quality of performances by judging where fans who support the clubs, leagues, or national teams, are disappointed.
To raise a discussion on the topic, will not assist those who are aspiring to become comparable to what they are seeing on the TV in the outside world. The end line is that on the field displays where cricket and football have been played at all levels, the picture has not portrayed the excellent visions of either sport which were witnessed in what was demonstrated by some of the finest athletes in the world.
Today, my focus on both sports left me with the belief that the sporting associations to which I refer need to pay serious attention to working on the youngsters, in the basic elements of each game.
I must admit that the quality which was seen during the just-concluded Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup (regional cricket) did not raise the eyebrows, hence why fans failed to show up at the Queen’s Park Oval to watch.
Football is much more difficult to explain, if only because the final result of decay now lies in hope that a change in administration will solve the problem.
I will not entertain the thought of a recovery.
The game from the schools were promising, but not of a high quality. The leagues across the nation need to provide strong commitment to satisfy the fans.