Project Field Events

Project Field Events

St Vincent and the Grenadines does not possess a synthetic track. The implications of this fact for athletes desirous of becoming sprinters are numerous.

Coaches must know the long list of challenges they face in seeking to produce world class sprinters utilising only grassed surfaces. It is therefore rather interesting to find so many of them attempting to convince athletes that it is possible to compete favourably in the international arena having used only grassed surfaces in their preparation.

That National Sports City

That National Sports City

In the previous edition of this Column, dated Friday 1 September 2017, we addressed the matter of the options available to us if we are serious about getting a synthetic surface in place and eventually provide Vincentians with a grand national stadium.

Many have been discussing the issues raised in last week’s Column if only because of the interest that they have in seeing this country provide appropriate facilities to give the youths a more even playing field in the sporting arena at the regional and international levels.

SVG’s stadium options

SVG’s stadium options

St Vincent and the Grenadines remains one of the few countries in the Caribbean that does not yet possess a national stadium. Indeed, in the region, it is now commonplace that a country should be have a national stadium in so far as athletics and football are concerned.

Of course, for many years we have been touting the Arnos Vale Sports Complex as the nation’s cricket stadium.

Oh what an awful lot we are – WI Cricket team

The entire Caribbean is still trying to recover from the devastating defeat of the West Indies team in the first test against Edgbaston, England. It is not an easy thing for Caribbean people to accept the kind of humiliation visited upon the regional team by the cricketing representatives of the former colonialists in the recent past.

England handed West Indies a defeat by an innings and 209 runs, achieved in only three days. This has left many pondering whether it is in any way worth the while to engage the West Indies team in a test series in the future since the performance of the players continues to drop and does not prove attractive to cricketing enthusiasts in test-playing nations.

Development must be a collective endeavour

The curtains came down on the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, on Sunday last, with the usual massive crowd in attendance bidding official farewell to both Usain Bolt and Mo Farah.

In the previous Column we addressed the fact that they left active competition in different styles but their impact would remain with the sport for a very long time to come.

Farah and Bolt end careers differently

Farah and Bolt end careers differently

 

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) biennial World Championships in London, United Kingdom, was promoted around the end of the careers of Britain’s Mo Farah and Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. Of course, given his outstanding achievements over the past nine years it was Bolt that received more of the attention. After all, it is the 100m winner that is dubbed the fastest man in the world, a title he has been carrying since winning the event in a world record performance at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, 2008, a short time before his 21st birthday.

SVG at the Windward Islands Schools Games 2017

Tomorrow the curtains come down on the annual Windward Islands Schools Games (WISG) hosted here in St Vincent and the Grenadines. For the local team the results were very mixed and so the sport-loving Vincentian public the usual response can be expected. Many are disappointed at the fact that even while playing host we do not seem to be sufficiently competitive in all of the sports on the programme.

Let the Games begin

Let the Games begin

Teams from Dominica, Grenada and St Lucia, arrive in St Vincent and the Grenadines today to join the host in the annual WINLOTT Windward Islands Schools Games (WISG2017). This country would be hosting the mega sporting event starting tomorrow through to 29 July with the visitors leaving the following day, 30 July. There is one rest day.
Organisers of the event are hopeful that with schools on vacation there is enough interest generated by the advertisements and the locally selected athletes to ensure that there are patrons at the various competitions supporting the local teams but also supporting the Games, more generally.

Whither the Arnos Vale Sports Complex?

Carnival 2015 is finished. The pundits will once more determine in their own way the outcome. One thing is certain, it was not like the days of old and there was no spirit to speak about.

This week we return to the thorny issue of our sports facilities, the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in particular, and the failure of the authorities to ensure that they are appropriately maintained.