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Gopee-Scoon wants horse racing taken seriously

Friday, February 17 2017

Senator Paula Gopee- Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, has acknowledged the tremendous contribution the horse racing industry continues to make in the economic landscape of this country.

The Senator made the comments while addressing a room filled with avid horse racing stakeholders at the Arima Race Club Jetsam Awards Ceremony on Wednesday at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

She told the audience that the Government is cognizant of the challenges which the industry is encountering and is committed to the enactment of the Gambling (Gaming and Betting Control) Bill which will ensure that there is a modern legal and regulatory framework for gaming, gambling and betting. She underscored, however, that there is much more to be done by stakeholders.

“The current economic climate constricts the Government’s ability to make cash injections.

The development in the industry, however, needs more than direct financial support. It is well noted on any balance sheet, that the industry is healthy, owning valuable property. Those who love the sport and are committed enough are added to those who hold responsibility, meaning the Boards of the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Association and Betting Levy Board must take horse racing seriously if the industry is to be sustained and grow. “I am trusting that the racing fraternity will not relinquish the objective of developing Trinidad and Tobago as the horse racing centre of the Caribbean but what certainly must not go unnoticed, are the proposed plans, which are already in the public domain, for further development within other parts of the region,” she said. She affirmed that the Ministry of Trade and Industry stands ready to support the industry’s efforts and called on stakeholders to place greater effort in advancing the sport of horse racing.

Linford Carrabon, president, Arima Race Club noted that the presence of stakeholders at the Awards Ceremony indicates their passion and commitment to the development of the sport.



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