THE FINANCIAL situation at the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT) is dire.
The company owes T&TEC $10 million. Its fiscal allocation for 2019 fell far short of its expenses, making proper maintenance of sporting facilities impossible.
Chair of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, Bridgid Annisette-George, said committee members visited the aquatic centre and the cycling velodrome and were disappointed to see a lot of the plumbing for carrying wastewater disconnected. She said both centres were initially seen as part of the national pride when they were constructed.
In response, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Farook Hosein, said: “The recurrent budget of SporTT is very limited and it has to be managed because there are a number of cost items that fall under this budget. It is always a struggle in terms of the various items that fall under the recurrent budget in terms of salaries for staff, facilitating the national governing bodies and the maintenance of the facilities. In the current fiscal year, it is $60 million (allocated) but projected expenditure required to cover all the needs is about $70 million more. So we have the challenge of managing the expenditure”.