- 10 APR 2017
PM Rowley Hosts FIFA President During TT Visit
Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley hosted FIFA President Gianni Infantino and other FIFA officials to a luncheon today, April 10 2017, at the Diplomatic Centre, La Fantasie, St Ann’s.
The meeting was part of a series of activities planned for the first official visit by the FIFA President to Trinidad and Tobago.
Also in attendance were Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, the Honourable Darryl Smith; Minister of Planning and Development, the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis; Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, the Honourable Stuart Young; Trinidad and Tobago Football Association President David John-Williams and former national cyclist and Chairman of SportTT, Michael Phillips.
Prime Minister Rowley and Mr. Infantino discussed Trinidad and Tobago football, and the role of sport in regional development. The Prime Minister also expressed the importance of accountability and transparency in sporting bodies and challenged FIFA to lead the way in ensuring that world football is scandal-free. He expressed his government’s commitment to the growth of Trinidad and Tobago football and the desire for a positive working relationship with FIFA.
Minister Darryl Smith addressed the gathering and welcomed the FIFA delegation to Trinidad and Tobago. He expressed his pride at the changes the TTFA has made to clean up local football and indicated his excitement at the FIFA’s plans for football in the primary schools, and in women’s and girls’ football.
The FIFA President is scheduled to participate in a series of informal events over the course of his visit including a football match between a FIFA/ TTFA team and a Government/SporTT outfit at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Prior to his arrival, the FIFA delegation visited Aruba, Grenada, Guyana and several African nations to hold discussions on world football.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino presented Prime Minister Rowley with a commemorative FIFA pennant and an official personalised football t-shirt.