Brian Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC). (Image courtesy TTOC)

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), Brian Lewis, is urging all sporting organisations, sport administrators and athletes to adhere closely to the health and safety guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“National teams and National Sport Organisations preparing for international competitions including Tokyo2020 qualifiers must exercise strict discipline and rigorous enforcement of Ministry of Health guidelines and regulations,” Lewis said in a briefly worded statement issued today.

It comes on the heels of the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday 7 November 2020, of a slight easing of restrictions for the sports sector. National and international teams preparing for competition in the future are now allowed to resume training; however, their domestic counterparts will need to wait a while longer.

The PM also gave assurances that more will be done for sports once teams follow the health and safety protocols.

Lewis strongly advised the sporting fraternity to ensure “that sport not become a COVID-19 super spreader”.

“We must insist on and remain disciplined and self-regulate. There is no margin for error,” he warned.

He added: “The trust and confidence must not be betrayed and misplaced. There is a responsibility to the entire sport ecosystem. Get this wrong and sport on the whole will suffer.”