Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley has rubbished claims by Apostle Lynford Scantlebury that the painting of a road tennis court and an imminent road tennis tournament at Silver Hill, Christ Church have only come to the fore since Scantlebury announced that he was also planning a similar community tournament.
Scantlebury is leader of the political party New Barbados Kingdom Alliance and is courting the St Peter constituency and also canvassing Christ Church West Central.
Lashley told Barbados TODAY that he expected better from someone bearing the title “apostle”. Lashley explained that plans for the tournament of which he is a major driving force had been made a significantly long time ago. Indeed, he added, the road tennis tournament was a continuation of sporting activities in the Christ Church West Central constituency. He pointed to a successful football competition that had been staged in the constituency last year as well as the continued development of the Silver Raiders Netball Team .
“The road tennis tournament will be launched very shortly and it is but one of many activities planned for these communities,” he stressed, identifying the part played by the National Sports Council and the National Conservation Commission in the preparation phase for the road tennis court and the competition.
He explained that sports initiatives in communities were no gimmicks and were part of a developmental thrust that would involve counselling, mentoring and exposing the participants in the sporting activities to HIV/AIDS awareness programmes.
He noted that the road tennis tournament, though centred in Silver Hill, would embrace participants from Vauxhall, Sargeant Village, and other sections of the constituency.
He said Scantlebury was welcome to come into the community and be a part of any wholesome activity being staged but should desist from giving the impression that he had suddenly descended on Silver Hill and its environs to bring to residents what they had not been exposed to over the past four years. (WG)