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Sports Minister disturbed by politics in sport

Sports Minister disturbed by politics in sport

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Minister of Tourism, Youth Affairs and Sports is disturbed by the apparent influence that party politics is having on sports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Beache made his feelings known as he addressed the 2006 awards ceremony of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association last week Friday night at the Methodist Church Hall Kingstown.{{more}}

“It disturbs me the most for a small nation that politics has become too much of an important issue in sports throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Beache observed.

The minister said that he has made this observation since taking office in December, 2006.

“It has hurt me… it is time we get over it”, he pleaded.

He said that there are persons who wish that preparations of the four venues for warm up matches ahead of Cricket World Cup 2007 fail and St. Vincent and the Grenadines is given a bad name.

“We are all Vincentians, let us rally behind the LOC. Arnos Vale will be finished in time for the world cup”, the minister advanced.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines will host matches involving Australia, Bermuda, England and Zimbabwe at the Arnos Vale Playing Field from March 5 to 9.

The Arnos Vale fields along with the Stubbs and Sion Hill Playing fields are under extensive refurbishing for the matches. Beache said the cost of upgrade of the facilities has reached about EC$42 Million.

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