Biig up the federations!
NATIONAL SPORTING FEDERATIONS are showing great improvement in the area of administration as a result of their participation in the Barbados Independence Invitational (Biig) Games.
This was revealed by Biig local organising committee member Ytannia Wiggins during an interview with the Barbados Nation.
“They are producing high-quality events. Each federation has raised the standard of its organisation in terms of staging events,” she said.
“We generally rate the federations and it’s a template that they all had ahead of time so as opposed to just saying ‘do this’, we gave them an assessment and said these are the areas we need to hit. In terms of grading so far the ones from last year have improved and the new ones have followed through as well.”
The Biig, which was first conceptualised in 2016 to mark Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence, is now in its third year, and the 2018 version has attracted participation from more than 20 national sporting federations.
Wiggins pointed out that some federations have achieved a standard of professionalism which resembles international standards.
“Professionally, there is now something locally similar to what is out there internationally. They actually modelled their Biig tournament on international standards.
Badminton takes advantage
“For instance, badminton is hosting an international tournament next year and they have used the Biig
to run through the protocol so what they delivered is something of an international tournament. Table tennis is set up in the same way, which is something that is not always present in international competition,” she said.
Most federations have achieved their events so far successfully with the exception of boxing, which had to cancel the Carlton Hope and Lionel Hall Boxing Tournament,
and the netball test series scheduled for December 6 to 9 was also cancelled due to the unavailability of the Wildey Gymnasium.
“Boxing was all set and prepared [for November 10]. The major challenge was that the team that was committed to coming, there was difficulty getting flights out. The decision boxing made was to cancel the competition because it would have been a local card and they would have preferred to have a regional one. The challenge with netball was that there was a scheduling conflict and they could not have had the tournament outdoors,” Wiggins said.
Water polo, hockey and athletics were a part of the games for the first time and she mentioned that their events were also quite successful.
She said the staging of the athletics event was one which turned out to be perfectly placed within the schedule.
“They chose to have a non-traditional event using the Garrison Savannah for the relays and they had over 19 teams registering to participate – which for them was good. They are trying to make that a part of the annual schedule and they are saying it was a good lead up to the start of their season as well,” said Wiggins.
The Biig is moving into its final stages, and today’s action will feature weightlifting at Foundation School, shooting at the Waterford range, chess at the Chess Centre, Exmouth Gap, Brandons, St Michael, and squash at the Barbados Squash Club,
Marine Gardens, Christ Church.
TWO IN A TUSSLE: Beach wrestling was part of his year’s Barbados Independence Invitational Games.