The entire sporting fraternity stands to benefit from the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Association for Sport and Law (TTASL). At the organisation's launch, at Olympic House in Port of Spain, yesterday, T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis said that sports administrators will be among the beneficiaries.
“They do it thanklessly. They do it on a volunteer basis. And in the main, they seek the benefit of the athletes and the country. Many times when we achieve success, it is at the expense of the recognition of those who have sacrificed tirelessly to ensure that our country succeeds in sport and our athletes succeed.
“The sports administrators are not the enemy of the athletes, and they are not the enemy of sport in Trinidad and Tobago. One of the things I'm looking forward to is being able to have robust, difficult, open and well-informed conversation with your group. It is something that is much needed.”
The TTASL was incorporated in May as a non-profit organisation. J. Tyrone Marcus is the president. The executive also includes Ricardo Williams (vice president), Sushilla Y. Jadoonanan (general secretary), Farai Hove Masaisai (public relations officer), Shiva Maharaj (treasurer), and Christophe Brathwaite (chairman of constitutional committee).
At yesterday's launch, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Darryl Smith said he is keen to facilitate the work of the Sport and Law body.
“I want to give you a surprise today. Within a two-year period, we have given 16 homes to sporting bodies. We have given homes to cycling, to swimming, to table tennis, to badminton, and the list goes on and on. Now, we are offering you (TTASL) a home in any of our facilities.”
In a video message, former T&T footballer and ESPN analyst, Shaka Hislop commended the TTASL executive.
“This is an initiative that's well overdue and much needed in Trinidad and Tobago sport. This will benefit not just athletes at the top level. This will benefit athletes at every single level through every single sport.”
The TTASL website, https://ttasl-co.firebaseapp.com was also launched this week.
TTASL executive and core membership
Ricardo Williams - Vice President
Sushilla Y. Jadoonanan - General Secretary
Farai Hove Masaisai - Public Relations Officer
Shiva Maharaj - Treasurer
Christophe Brathwaite - Chairman of Constitutional Committee
Anthony Vieira - Member
Stefan Fabien - Member
Garth Gilbert - Member
Kevin Ancil Weekes - Student Member
Roland Bynoe - Member
Dr Emir Crowne - Member