Good governance the focus at Olympic forum

The focus will be on good governance practices over the next three days at the Olympic Solidarity and Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) forum currently being hosted in Barbados.

Steve Stoute
Steve Stoute

President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Barbados and Chairman of CANOC, Steve Stoute, said this morning at the Hilton Hotel where the opening ceremony was held with representatives from 26 nations, that it was an honour for Barbados to host what would be the 15th anniversary of the first meeting of the Caribbean Olympic members, and which he said Barbados also played a vital role in assisting other Olympic committees on various subjects whether it be in coaching, management elements or capacity building.

“Indeed Barbados with our Olympic academy, our director David Farmer does move around the region assisting other Olympic committees on various subjects whether it is in coaching, management elements or capacity building. So we also help play a part in developing the region and because this forum is being held here we have decided to piggyback with the general assembly of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees,” said Stoute.

The CANOC chairman pointed out that they have been working to embrace countries that have not been recognized by IOC such as Curacao, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos and working with the IOC and other regional bodies to bring them into the forum.

Minister of Sport, Youth and Culture, Stephen Lashley, assured Stoute that Government was committed to supporting this essential component of governance where sporting development was concerned.

“As the Barbados Olympic Association seeks to share the principles of good governance with the wider sporting community in Barbados, you can therefore be assured of the Barbados Government’s commitment to supporting this essential component of our sports development . . . . As the Barbados Olympic Association seeks to share the principles of good governance with the wider sporting community in Barbados, you can therefore be assured of the Barbados Government’s commitment to supporting this essential component of our sports development.”

Every year the Olympic solidarity holds two forums for small developing countries in the Pan America Sports Organization, one for Spanish-speaking countries and one for English-speaking countries.

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