A National Sports Commission is expected to come on board in 2018 to replace the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT), according to a story on a local television report last evening.
Darryl Smith, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, confirmed the news yesterday, after Finance Minister Colm Imbert hinted as such during his 2017-2018 Budget presentation at the House of Representatives on Monday.
Smith was quoted as saying that National Sports Commission will be modelled like similar ventures in Australia and the United Kingdom, and was the original intention before those plans were stalled.
SPORTT, according to its website, was established in 2004 as a limited liability, special-interest company geared towards the management, administration and programming of sport as well as the construction and operational maintenance of sporting facilities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Smith also confirmed that the national sports policy will be taken to Cabinet as soon as possible. “We’ve finalised the new draft sports policy and we’ll be taking it to Cabinet,” Smith said. “You’re going to see some changes (including) a policy for incentifying athletes and also looking at the elite athletes.”