|Silence of Olympic committee on baseball a bad indication|
Guardian Columnist/Sales Executive
Published: Sep 21, 2012
There are some serious questions about the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC). The BOC seems to be very forward regarding pleas to the Government of The Bahamas and Corporate Bahamas, for funding on top of the high volume of cash that is provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), annually.
Yet when it comes to driving an orderly process of functioning with its member organizations, the BOC seems unable to come to grips. More and more, the BOC is appearing to be an organization with little substance. The baseball conflict in the country is a case in point. Despite the fact that there is an element within the BOC that strongly favors taking up the mandate given by the International Baseball Federation, to resolve the parent body status for the sport in the country, the power structure has not fallen in line.
There has been no statement from the BOC refuting its authority to deal conclusively with the baseball issue. Apparently, BOC President Wellington Miller and his supporting associates within the BOC are hoping for the matter to go away. It won’t.
The baseball issue is very important in the big picture of sports in this nation and the depth of weakness is appalling when one thinks of an organization with such high expectations in the development make-up of sports in the country. It’s disappointing and the perpetrators of this laxity should hang their heads in absolute shame.
One has to wonder whether they deserve to be high level sports leaders.... at this moment in time. They don’t seem to fit the mold. Views lamenting the situation are pouring in.
One of the recent responses is from a former sportscaster in the country, Nuvolari Chotoosingh, who said: “What is even more glaring is the outright refusal and inability of the Bahamas Olympic Association (Committee) to perform its duty in protecting the sport as it has been mandated to do by the governing body of baseball in the world.
“It is also imperative that the Ministry of Sports and in particular, the minister of sports take every action within its power to breathe fresh life into the sport of baseball so that our youth baseball program can field its best teams to represent this country around the world. This will require Minister Danny Johnson taking a hands-on approach along with a “check book” approach.
“I would wish for all sports reporters in the country to bring pressure to bear on the BOA. The dreams of so many youngsters must not continue to remain just dreams.”
This is such a terrible reflection. It’s shameful.
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