King points to beach sport
hosting of sports and the accompanying cultural activities, as well as the niche market potential towards generating revenue for Barbados.
“This is the main step to realising the value of the blue economy. While some countries have to create artificial beaches in order to achieve the objective, we have readily available facilities in the form of our beaches. I can see absolutely no reason why the hosting of beach events in Barbados should not be a regular occurrence,” he said.
King said the staging of beach games which was conceptualised as a means of showcasing local and regional sports people, brought a great level of interest since there was an inaugural World Beach Games scheduled for San Diego, USA in October, 2019.
He was speaking in the presence of the president of the BOA, Sandra Osbourne, general manager Glyne Clarke, acting director of the National Sports Council, Neil Murrell, and Sports Development Officer in the Ministry of Sport Stephen Rowe.
King said he was pleased that some federations had been engaging the nontraditional facilities, such as schools.
Chairman of the Games, Cameron Burke, said he was pleased that overseas athletes came to Barbados or its staging.
“The Wrestling Competition has entries from Haiti, the Olympic Champion, Cuba and Olympic Champion, Bolivia represented by their World Champion, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia and Barbados. For beach volleyball there are four teams from Trinidad and Tobago to match their skills against our Barbadian competition.
“Weightlifting is scheduled for Independence Day and participants will be from USA, England, Slovakia, Oceania and some regional territories. The Rugby National Federation will host an international competition at Kensington Oval with 24 international teams participating,” he said.
This year’s event is attracting the involvement of 27 sporting federations.