Former Olympian Ato Boldon says Trinidad and Tobago athletes must spend more time together before competing internationally.
Boldon is particularly unhappy that the men’s relay team did not practice sufficiently before competing at the just-concluded Rio Olympics.
He said the current system of preparation is not effective enough.
“They cannot come together one month before the competition and expect to gel,” the ex-athlete said in an interview with Hema Ramkissoon on CNC3 television.
He lauded the women sprinters, saying that “they were hungrier.”
Boldon said: “Basic things have to change. It cannot just be old talk.”
He added: “We are good at wishing and hoping and not planning. We need fundamental change.”
He noted that some male athletes were “starting to age.”
He called on the authorities to “come together and develop our athletes”, adding that “the rest of the world has moved on.’
He called for improved standards.
“We have the propensity to look at what we do and say: “That good, man’.”
Boldon said that T&T can excel at the next Olympic Games but that preparations must begin as soon as possible.