“We got your back” is the message Minister Smith is sending to Trinidad and Tobago’s athletes preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Government is doing all that they possibly can to assist with the available funds, and know how important the athletes are to the country. “We want you, the athletes, to be examples to the youth and of course to honour the red, white and black.”

I see, in Trinidad and Tobago, the discrimination against foreign-born athletes is alive and kicking.

Full disclosure: I was born in the UK and represented T&T with all of my pride. I also have more than a passing interest in gymnastics. So I have followed the personalities, issues and discussion around Trinidad and Tobago gymnastics very closely.