Biig up the fed­er­a­tions!

UK Barbados Nation - - SPORT STARTS - By RIA GOOD­MAN ria­good­[email protected]­tion­

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.

(Pic­ture com­pli­ments Biig.)

TWO IN A TUS­SLE: Beach wrestling was part of his year’s Bar­ba­dos In­de­pen­dence In­vi­ta­tional Games.

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