The St. Lucia Olympic Committee Inc. held a press briefing to discuss matters pertaining to sports developments among affiliates over the last year, while looking forward to further sports development in the year 2018. Speaking at the press briefing was general secretary of the Olympic Committee, Alfred Emmanuel.
Mr. Emmanuel commenced by announcing that selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be based on the athlete’s ability to make it to the final or obtain a podium finish.
In 2014, St. Lucia competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasglow Scotland. The games which were held from July 23rd to August 3rd, saw 36 persons selected from 6 sporting disciplines to represent St. Lucia. St. Lucia sent over 8 track and field athletes, with only Jeanelle Scheper and Levern Spencer having a performance of note. St. Lucia also sent over 4 boxers who did not advance. A Netball team which lost all five games, and two individuals in the Shooting event who did not advance.
As a result, the announcement came with a round of applause from a member of the media.
Mr. Emmanuel also went on to announced that all of St. Lucia will be informed of the selected individuals for the Games in the Gold Coast, when a subsequent press conference is called this February. The sporting disciplines of swimming, boxing and track and field are considered front runners in this vein, as about 20 members across all disciplines are currently in consideration.
Mr. Emmanuel went on to answer questions from the media about possible selections. According to Mr. Emmanuel, though some individuals may have reached the qualifying standards for the international event, the time frame of this qualification must be considered. He went on to suggest that individuals who may have done so in the past, must ensure that standards are met recently.
Lets discuss: Do you believe that only persons that may medal or make the final, should be selected to go to the common wealth games??