Officials in the local sporting industry now have the ambition to host a staging of the regional CARIFTA Games in the BVI.
This was made known by Minister of Sports Dr Natalio Wheatley who was speaking at Friday’s sitting of the House of Assembly.
He said the idea was brought forth by BVI Athletic Association president, Steve Augustine.
“The president of the BVI Athletic Association challenged me. He said ‘I want you to make it as a goal to host a CARIFTA Games in the BVI’,” Dr Wheatley said.
But the Sports Minister believes the infrastructure in the territory will need to be vastly upgraded before the BVI can make this ambition a reality.
He said: “In order to host a CARIFTA Games in the BVI, we have to have accommodation, we have to have a property that can house all the athletes and all the coaches and the managers and the officials and anyone who wants to travel, the parents and support the team.”
The legislator also believes that once these measures are in place, more economic opportunities will present itself to the territory.
“We need a property like that here in the BVI so we can host conferences, whether it’s the ‘STEP conferences’ or board meetings, cause we know ‘economic substance’ is on the way and we have to have facilities for these companies when they come to the BVI,” Dr Wheatley said.
His statements follow the BVI’s 2019 CARIFTA Games team completing the regional competition with seven medals — the most the territory has ever won at a single staging.
That medal count includes three silvers, three bronze, and the territory’s first ever gold.
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