PM extols value of competitive sports

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has spoken highly of the value of competitive sports, asserting that he is a big believer in sports, the creative industries and organised programmes for children so that when they leave school in the afternoon, there is somewhere for them to go.

“I think that when you have competitive sports, all of a sudden people become more disciplined – they become more focussed,” Chastanet said.

He noted that sports teach a lot about life, teamwork, crisis management, dealing with conflict, being competitive and losing.

“These are incredible values,” Chastanet declared.

He said he believes there are children who are incredibly gifted in the field of entertainment and the creative industries but are not being given the training and the tools to prosper.

“You are not going to fight or beat gangs by violence – by trying to be hard. It is about embracing them and letting them know that they are part of our society and there is a role that they have to play and getting them to know that by contributing to society, they are going to make their own lives better,” the Prime Minister observed.

He said:

“This idea that Saint Lucians are killing Saint Lucians, who are we blaming that on? We run our own country. Why are we resorting to that? It shows a complete breakdown and a lack of respect that we have for each other. We may have all our differences – we may be unhappy with what our plight is, but does that still justify you killing somebody?”

The Prime Minister said there was need to reach out and get more people engaged.

Chastanet made the comments to reporters while highlighting issues that he discussed recently in London with Saint Lucians living in the UK.

Similar contacts  are expected to be made with Saint Lucians living in other countries, including Canada.


  1. Yep
    January 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed watching and cheering the children on when it’s sports day….some primary school kid said to a fit former how he was gonna beat him in the marathon. …and I believed him because he was so serious. Brilliant. Some other are so full on that they never come home without a medal….very serious …more of that wouldn’t go amiss…helps them to be more diciplined too. Keep supporting and we will see the success and cheer them on.

  2. true talks
    January 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Sounds like someone told flying minister to say that. We know all of that already, what you think ,Lucian dum? Think again, we need lights on our playing field in Odsan, only then you can talk to us, what you just got to know, we know that long time, we want action too much talk. Stop trying to play us

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