President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball Federation (SVGBF) – Rohan Providence, is advocating that all sporting organisations here adopt term limits for their presidents.
Such has been his desire to see this happen, Providence, who is serving his first four-year term as head of the SVGBF, said that this move is already in the works for the Constitution of the SVGBF to be amended to allow for a term limit for the President.
“I believe that a president should not serve more than two terms in any sporting organisation… You serve, then retire for a period, and down the road after a period has elapsed, you can come back to contest for the presidency again,” the SVGBF President promoted.
Referencing the adage ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’, Providence noted: “Persons in such positions (for an extended period), become so comfortable that they become complacent in the way they do things… Then you also have persons who believe they have a monopoly on the position…that they have total control.”
In emphasizing the view that two consecutive terms are enough for presidents to improve the organisation, Providence posited, “I would believe that within that time period as President (and) with my Executive, I would have been able to do as much as I can do as an individual to get the sport to a point, where someone else can take up the mantle and run with it.”
Providence further reasoned that with term limits, it gives time to develop successors, hence, sporting organisations should have “succession planning” embedded in their operational structure.
In furtherance of his position, Providence wants national sporting bodies here to take a leaf from the Credit Unions, which ensure that the various sub-committees chair persons can only serve for two consecutive terms.
Two national sporting associations here, the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association Inc. and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Netball Association, have instituted term limits for their Presidents.