King points to beach sport

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host­ing of sports and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as the niche mar­ket po­ten­tial to­wards gen­er­at­ing rev­enue for Bar­ba­dos.

Blue econ­omy

“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.

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