The Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) is in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of the health, safety and security arrangements at all sport facilities under its purview, in accordance with international standards and best practices.
The review has been mandated by the SPORTT board, which has prioritized the protection of those who use SPORTT’s facilities as well as the publicly-owned property under its management.
Pending completion of the review, open and unsecured access to SPORTT’s facilities at Balmain Village, Couva, including the National Cycling Velodrome and the National Aquatic Centre, has been suspended.
The new regime of restricted access will not affect athletes, employees, contractors and other individuals or groups associated with scheduled events.
SPORTT stated it is aware that members of the public have been using the space for private recreation but believes that it must act urgently to strengthen its capacity for ensuring the safety and security of the spaces for which it is responsible.
The current review is the first phase of a process leading to the development of a package of protocols for ensuring that SPORTT’s facilities maintain the security and safety ratings required for hosting national, regional and international events.
The SPORTT has thanked stakeholders for their co-operation and support in this matter as they work towards ensuring a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all citizens as well as visiting athletes and sports fans from around the world.