IT’S not everyday that a national memorial honouring Olympic legends is erected.
But the Olympic Wall, which cost the State $300,000, immortalising the names of Olympic heroes, which was unveiled last week at the International Waterfront Centre in Port of Spain by Minister of Tourism Stephen Cadiz and acclaimed masman Brian MacFarlane, is raising some eyebrows because of two noticeable inaccuracies.
The inaccuracies were highlighted by social activist Phillip Alexander in meme on his Facebook account yesterday.
The first is the incorrect spelling of the name of former athlete and Olympic Gold medallist Hasely Crawford. On the Olympic Wall his name appears as ‘Hasley’ instead of Hasely.
Crawford became this country’s first Olympic champion when he took home gold in the 100 m at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. The national stadium was renamed the Hasely Crawford Stadium in tribute to the sporting hero.
Wendell Mottley and his team of Edwin Roberts, Edwin Skinner and Kent Bernard are also duly noted on the wall. However, the relay team won the bronze medal at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan for the 4 x 400 metre race, and not in the 4 x 100 m as is otherwise stated on the wall.
MacFarlane was commissioned to create the tribute to T&T’s Olympic legends but all information was supplied by the Ministry of Sports, said Cadiz.
“The Ministry of Tourism got all its information from the Ministry of Sports. If there is some error in how it was translated, we will double-check it and correct it immediately. That whole memorial is for our legends so we can’t have any incorrect information on it,”said Cadiz in a telephone interview.
Attempts to contact MacFarlane and Sport Minister Anil Roberts for comment were unsuccessful.