No 2018 sports awards?
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
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.