The sport of Wrestling has potential to evolve even further in Barbados.
That is the view of Barbados Wrestling Association (BWA) President, Rollins Alleyne, who told Barbados TODAY after the conclusion of last weekend’s Speightstown Burning, “even though the sport has what it takes to grow, many of the local coaches need to display more confidence in their abilities in order to share the relevant knowledge that could possibly take our athletes to the next level.”
Alleyne said the reception to the Speightstown Burning held in Heywoods, St Peter, was very encouraging attracting 30 enthusiastic participants that “performed extremely well”.
It was such a great success, come 2017, the BWA will seek to administer a number of island wide competitions similar to the annual Bridgetown Burning which he said they had already began preparations for. They will be seeking to attract 150 athletes and at least 600 spectators over the two day competition carded for April 15th and 16th.
The first day of competitive action will take place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center followed by Beach Wrestling the next day.
“It will be an expensive undertaking as the federation look to raise $23, 000 or more in order to bring in the likes of Bermuda’s World Class Sanda Wrestler, Sentwali Woolridge,” Alleyne said.
So far Bermuda one of the top teams in world wrestling has shown an interest along with Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique.
It is the hope of BWA that through these events Barbadian wrestlers will be afforded opportunities to travel overseas and get recognition globally in places like Argentina where the sport is a huge attraction.
Alleyne believes Barbados can host an international event someday but at this stage due to the lack of funding that would not be possible.
“We want to do an international beach wrestling competition but when it comes to sports people don’t understand in terms of hosting an international competition you have to pay the people outside, then you have to follow their mandates of sending a supervisor before the event to make sure things are right.
“Then you also have to pay for his [the athlete’s] ticket and accommodation, then you have to pay the fees and also bring in special referees, so most that is why people just stick to regional events,” he explained.