Government will do its utmost to develop the environment and facilities to advance sports in Barbados.
That was the commitment made by Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, while addressing the launch of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s FIFA World Cup 2014 sponsorship packages at the Bagatelle Great House, Bagatelle, St Thomas last night.
“Sports is a career in which the world is its stage. Many of our young people have the talent and the ability to excel at several sporting disciplines. The Government of Barbados is aware of the role that sports can play in the development of the nation’s youth. We are therefore fully committed to creating the facilities and environment that allow them to develop their skills,” Lashley said.
Lashley praised CBC TV for purchasing the exclusive rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Barbados from the the Jamaican-based Sports Max.
The minister said he was excited about CBC purchasing the rights from Sports Max, adding that the agreement between the companies demonstrated how two regional bodies could work together to achieve a common purpose.
“This gives the CBC the opportunity to forge a relationship with a company that has been leading the charge in broadcasting sports in the region,” Lashley said.
In a brief address president of the Barbados Football Association Randy Harris lauded CBC for acquiring the the rights for the 2014 World Cup.
Harris said the matches during the FIFA World Cup not only created excitement among the thousands of football fans on the island, but it was also an important development tool for young footballers which helped them to improve their technical skills and assist them with their analysis of the game.
The FIFA 2014 World Cup will be played in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. The CBC will be providing the viewing public with 25 days of coverage.
Matches will be live at midday, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.