National Sports Authority owes explanation to sporting public

The National Sports Authority (NSA) is responsible for government sporting facilities, throughout the country. The ACT did not designate the body the “New Providence” Sports Authority. The NSA has “national” jurisdiction.

There is, unfortunately, only, a major focus on facilities in the capital island, in particular the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. However even at that, the NSA has fallen down. It has allowed facilities to deteriorate. Once the roadway at the Old Thomas Robinson Stadium --- now used for smaller meets, for training and as a holding area for competitors in the main venue --- was so terrible, parents complained bitterly.

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is concluding the hosting of its Sports Leaders’ Conclave today at the Robinson National Stadium. According to the agenda for today’s session, representation is to be made by the NSA. Hopefully, whoever speaks for the NSA will clear the air on just what is included in its portfolio and which areas are proving challenging, to the point of not being attended to at all.

Certainly, sporting facilities in the Family Islands are not getting due attention. The situation sometimes seems convoluted. Despite what the National Sports Authority ACT dictates, it seems as though there is a grey area regarding he actual work being done (or not done) to maintain or refurbish government sporting facilities in Grand Bahama and the other Family islands.

The situation is quite convoluted. Many put the full blame on the Ministry of Sports.

Well, according the National Sports Authority ACT, the Minister of Sports is supposed to be monitoring the NSA, but is not to control the day-to-day activities. Because of how the NSA has been conducting its affairs, since being established, the sporting public has been quite confused and remains so.

Today, if a representative of the NSA takes to the podium, clarity should be brought to its mandate.
There is great interest in finding out just who is to be taking the lead in attending to government sporting facilities.

In Grand Bahama, a parent of one of the nation’s leading young athletes is up in arms because he has had to pay to send his son to New Providence, in order for him to to be afforded proper training facilities.
The father said he does not wish to be anonymous and wants the message to get out in hopes the situation at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex (GBSC) would be addressed.

Louis Missick is the father of National Under-17 High Jump Champ Tyler. The high jump bed at the complex is inadequate.

“It is a health risk and it’s not safe. Psychologically it impairs his ability, because he knows when he lands, the microscopic fibers are going to go up over his head and into his nostrils. Inhaling that, means a high risk of contamination,” said Missick.

So, he came up with the funds so that his son could train in New Providence.

How sad!

There are many such situations regarding improper (or no) facilities for aspiring young athletes of the Family Islands.

Indeed, an explanation is in order from the NSA.

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at 727-6363

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