Ministry responds to Camacho claims
The Ministry of Sport and The Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT) yesterday “categorically” refuted claims made by Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB) president Douglas Camacho in yesterday’s Express.
In a press release yesterday, the government agencies stated: “With respect to the hosting of the FIH Qualifier, the World Hockey League in Trinidad in November 2012, the assertion by Mr Camacho that the event was in keeping with the national sport tourism thrust is misleading. The reality is that the hemispheric tournament generated little to no income, had very few spectators and virtually no international media coverage.
These are the fundamental indicators of a potentially successful event for the sport tourism industry, none of which were attained.
Further, the notion that the monies spent on the World Hockey League tournament would be separate and apart from the annual subvention could not have been agreed by the Ministry nor SporTT. The decision to host the tournament was made wholly by the TTHB and was supported by the Government as part of the annual subvention to the organisation.
This is the Ministry’s and SporTT’s well-articulated policy with respect to National Governing Bodies (NGBs). It is unlikely therefore that Mr Camacho has any documentation from the Ministry or SporTT to substantiate his claim.”
The release continued: “The Ministry and SporTT wish to reiterate that in its annual subventions to NGBs, the accepted ratio of funding allocated to development vs. elite is 60/40. NGBs are encouraged to be frugal and judicious in their spending of taxpayers’ dollars and to adopt an athlete-centred approach to sport.
“The allocation made by SporTT to the TTHB for the financial year 2012/13 was TT$1.8m and was disbursed based on a projection of expenditure on development programmes and capacity building within the sport. However, not only did the TTHB exhaust and exceed this allocation, the organisation in fact spent more on high performance (competitions involving the national teams at home and abroad) than on raising the profile of the sport and increasing the critical mass, especially of young persons playing hockey in Trinidad and Tobago.”