When we all become Trinidadians/Tobagonians

THE EDITOR: Sport is often said to be something that brings our country together. And I believe that has a lot of merit. Despite the racial diversity of our country, time and time again we stand united for one cause – when our athletes succeed in sport.

Before, during, and after the event we are all proud Trinidadians/Tobagonians. When it’s over and matters such as politics take control of our minds and daily conversations, we revert to becoming “Indians” and “Africans.” We forget what united us.

Brian Lara breaking the Test batting record on two occasions were reasons to celebrate being TT nationals. Keshorn Walcott and Hasley Crawford gave us moments when we would stand proudly and sing our national anthem. Likewise, when our men’s football team qualified for the 2006 World Cup.

In 2020, we would again be brought together by sport. Despite the racial battles in the lead-up to and after the general election, on September 10 most of us rejoiced as one.

The Trinbago Knight Riders for the fourth time won the Caribbean Premiere League T20 title. For that day we forgot about who was “Indian” and who was “African” and celebrated a record-breaking historic win for our local franchise.

Moments like these, while they may seem far and few, must be capitalised on. How can we use sport to keep us united? I asked myself that question several times the morning after, and I hope I get the answer as I continue to ponder it. Suggestions are welcome.


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