One day, the government is congratulated for how it addresses sports.
Very soon though, it becomes necessary to point out a glaring inefficiency.
It is disturbing to many in Grand Bahama that the Government of The Bahamas, through its agencies (Ministry for Grand Bahama, National Sports Authority and the Ministry of Sports) has been so casual with the restoration of the top sporting facility on the island.
This government goes from one extreme to the other regarding sports development/attention in the country. There seems to be no middle ground. On one day, because of the government, the country receives praises from around the world for its capacity in sports.
Then, there is the situation whereby athletes who deal with weight events are disenfranchised from the national stadium.
The imbalance continues with the Subvention Program.
Bahamas Olympic Committee President Wellington Miller, who is also Chairman of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games goes to great lengths to congratulate the government for paving the road towards a successfully hosted Youth Games.
Yet, there are the glaring national sports loopholes that confound observers.
For instance, despite the uproar in Grand Bahama and agitation from this place because the government has fallen down badly with restoration regarding sports in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the island’s major sports complex is still, to a great degree, an eyesore.
Clearly embarrassed, authorities provided funds for a contractor to repair the railing at the seating area of the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.
Despite the government having full knowledge of restoration needs, not enough funds got put in place for the dilapidated concession building and the stock room entrance to be repaired.
What is it about this government?
How is it, that situations that could be handled easily, are botched or dealt with, only in part?
What has happened to the funding generated in Grand Bahama to assist primarily with the restoration needs of the island? It is appalling that at this late date, more than four full months since the passage of the monster storm Hurricane Matthew, restoration is still an issue at the GBSC.
What makes the situation so unbelievable is the fact that the cost for completion of repairs to the GBSC is not astronomical at all. The ceiling in the concession building has to be redone and windows and doors are in need of repair. The entrance to the stock room where hurdles and other necessary competition equipment are kept must be attended to.
Why the sports neglect in Grand Bahama continues is a question that must be answered.
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Published Thursday, February 16, 2017