Barbados’ only living national hero and international cricket legend, Sir Garfield Sobers, says he wants to see a return to the days when young people were passionate about sports, stressing that this could result in a reduction in the crime.
Sir Garfield was speaking at the launch of the Police Boys and Girls Sports Club’s Fast5 Netball Tournament, which was named in honour of the club’s stalwart, Adrian Garnes. Acting Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce also attended this morning’s launch, which was held at the police’s band headquarters at Station Hill, St Michael.
In a ringing endorsement of both club and tournament, Sir Garfield lamented that the love of sport seemed not to have been passed on from his generation to the current and as a result it was a case of the devil finding work for idle hands
“Today, I think people are beginning to realize that youngsters especially coming up in this society need things like this to help them to prosper. This is something that will help the youth population of Barbados to get away from all of this violence and to see things in a different light,” said the man who held the record for the highest Test score of 365 for over three decades.
He added: “Sports teaches you to work hard. Anything you want in life you have to work hard for it, even if it is given to you, you still have to work hard to keep it.” The former West Indies captain, who captivated the world with scintillating strokeplay and a mixed bag of bowling tricks, said he owed a lot of his success to the grooming he received as a young man with the police club.
“I would like to thank the police now for my own satisfaction for what they have done for me. It is because of them that I am in the position that I am in today. Without them I am sure that I may not even be here,” said Sobers, who noted that it was the first time he was openly thanking the lawmen on home soil.
Man of the hour, Garnes, earlier addressed the launch, during which he expressed similar sentiments to those as Sir Garfield.
“The police is a village and they raised many children and they will continue to raise many more children once they keep this structure up. They will continue to create more winners, not winners only in trophies, but in life,” he said.