No 2018 sports awards?

UK Barbados Nation - - SPORT STARTS - By justin­mar­[email protected] na­tion­news.com

Justin Marville BAR­BA­DOS’ best ath­letes could see their ef­forts go for naught this year af­ter re­ports sur­faced that the Na­tional Sports Coun­cil may not be stag­ing the an­nual Na­tional Sports Awards Cer­e­mony in Jan­uary.

Ef­forts to reach Min­is­ter of Sports

John King and NSC chair­man Mac Fin­gall proved fu­tile and act­ing di­rec­tor Neil Mur­rell de­clined com­ment. But two sources close to the sit­u­a­tion spoke about the like­li­hood amidst the pos­si­bil­ity of NSC cut­backs.

First time in 35 years

While there’s still a slim pos­si­bil­ity the event could be held later in 2019, it seems al­most cer­tain that this would be the first time in 35 years the sport­ing fra­ter­nity won’t be feted in a glitzy three-piece af­fair re­served for Bar­ba­dos’ sports­peo­ple, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

And no one stands to lose out more than Shane Brath­waite, who was the clear fron­trun­ner for the Na­tional

Sports Per­son­al­ity Of The Year fol­low­ing a sea­son in which he won four ma­jor medals in­clud­ing gold in both the 110 hur­dles and 4x100 re­lay at the

Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean Games.

The 28-year-old Brath­waite also copped sil­ver and bronze at the NACAC Cham­pi­onships in the same 4x100 re­lay and 110 hur­dles events, re­spec­tively, to put him­self in con­tention for the Per­for­mance Of The Year and the

Min­is­ter’s Award.

But those are just three of the 25 prizes at an an­nual awards cer­e­mony that costs the state-run en­tity just over $140 000 to stage ev­ery year.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that it could not be done at a smaller scale,” said long-serv­ing Bar­ba­dos Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Dr Ray­mond Forde.

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