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No Bajan?

Lashley draws line on facility's name

Usain Bolt may be a star on the track, but if Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley had his way, a Barbadian’s name would be the one adorning the University of the West Indies’ new sporting complex at the Cave Hill Campus.

And while he promptly acknowledged it was the university’s right to name the facility after whom it chose, and stated that he respected the decision made, Lashley told Barbados TODAY in an interview this afternoon he would have preferred the honour to have fallen on a Barbadian athlete.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley

Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley

“First of all I have to say that the University of the West Indies has a right to name their facilities in accordance with their own policies and preferences, and therefore I certainly respect that.

“Speaking though as Minister of Sports in Barbados, I would have certainly liked to see such a well laid out facility named after one of our own Barbadian outstanding athletes,” Lashley conceded.

“There is no doubt that Barbados has produced some of the most outstanding athletes in the region, and I can understand, certainly, those sentiments which would have preferred that we use the occasion to pay tribute to the kind of contributions that our athletes have actually made.”

The Minister also agreed with statements made by Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Sir Hilary Beckles, that the educational facility was not solely a Barbadian institution.

However, with the likes of former World champion, Ryan Brathwaite, Olympic bronze medalist, Obadele Thompson, and highly respected sports administrator, Austin Sealy, Lashley said he believed there were more than enough Barbadian candidates from which to choose.

“I would say that the university has the right to do whatever they like, but within the context of where I stand as Minister of Sports, it really would have been my preference to see that we look to a Barbadian to name the facility after,” he added.

Despite their differences in views, Lashley praised the university for its efforts in forging ahead to complete a top-class facility.

He insisted the new sports complex would not only benefit students attending the university, but the island as well.

“I must give the university credit for forging ahead to complete a facility that will certainly add to the offerings of sports venues in Barbados,” Lashley noted.

“I think we really have to give kudos to the university for doing that. It is something which is necessary, and I believe that the university is a key partner in relation to the development of sports in Barbados.

“From everything which I have known, in terms of their focus, we intend to work very closely with them and certainly I believe that in the future, facilities which are developed by the university will also be available as part of our own sports development programme,” the Minister disclosed.


28 Responses to No Bajan?

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 8, 2015 at 3:10 am

    He ain’t bajan!

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 8, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Name is after someone with acheivements un something other than sports. Athletes are praised too much as it is. Just my two cennts.

    • Enam Idrissa
      Enam Idrissa January 8, 2015 at 7:16 am

      sports stadium…..lets name it the Alfred Pragnall Stadium -_- Cents out of circulation so hold your two.

  3. ThickMadame Scantlebury
    ThickMadame Scantlebury January 8, 2015 at 7:23 am

    The university is not the university of Barbados it is the university of the west indies croist bajans does let some small issues bother them when they are much more serious issues at hand stupse!

    • Ricardo Roberts
      Ricardo Roberts January 8, 2015 at 8:17 am

      thank you for saying that..we forget that UWI belongs to the people of the region.. and you are absolutely right… this is a non issue

  4. Carl Harper January 8, 2015 at 7:52 am

    From a sports and scholastic tourism perspective and overall benefit to UWI Cave Hill, Usain Bolt has greater name recognition than any of our local stars. However, it does not give any of our athletes the opportunity for his/her name to be associated with this facility on Barbadian soil.

    Now that we all, including sports minister Stephen Lashley, accept that UWI Cave Hill can name the sports complex after whomever it chooses, can Lashley be “respectful” and ask his DLP government to respectfully pay the campus the $200 million owed?

  5. Winston Crichlow
    Winston Crichlow January 8, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Sometimes I feel sorry for Errol Barrow and company for working and sacrificing themselves to initiate Caribbean unity.

  6. Corey
    Corey 'Bajanwarrior' Wharton January 8, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Why it is we Bajans love to talk bout Unity when basically no other caribbean country preaches are endorse it. Not to run off topic but we bajans love to run off with other people names, products etc. ThickMadame Scantlebury small issue is relevant cause to the masses its not being xenophobic but pride for our country which alot of Bajan folks seem to dont have. We have everything Caribbean in bim till we almost have become all but a lost culture. Go in any other country show me BAJAN and when we protest its that we are hateful.

  7. René Holder
    René Holder January 8, 2015 at 8:58 am

    UWI is a West Indian institution and it’s fitting to honour Caribbean greats this way. With this logic we should be equally upset by the UWI Nelson Mandela Park… but we’re not

  8. Corey
    Corey 'Bajanwarrior' Wharton January 8, 2015 at 9:11 am

    René Holder SERIOUSLY?? You wanna compare Usain Bolt to a human rights activist?…Get out of here man!!

    • Jason Bowen
      Jason Bowen January 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

      So because a man is a human rights activists his deeds that are inspiring a generation of caribbean athletes is less. Get a grip.

    • Corey
      Corey 'Bajanwarrior' Wharton January 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

      You obviously missed the point Jason. He is comparing usain to Mandela nothing to do with inspiring so you hold the same grip im supposed to.

  9. Corey
    Corey 'Bajanwarrior' Wharton January 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Melissa Shonika Clarke tell that to the other islands we basically support everything!!

  10. Prince Shepheard
    Prince Shepheard January 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

    stephen u looking fa points u get 0

  11. Rawle roachford January 8, 2015 at 10:50 am

    The minister is certainlying correct in his thinking. I do not think that you will see something like this happening in Jamaica. We Bajan have a tendency to put our people down every time.

    • Wayne Dread January 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Why does Uplifting another has to mean putting oneself down?

  12. Katrina P Lewis
    Katrina P Lewis January 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

    People arr so stupid,

  13. Pluto Merick January 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    This Barbados people…..How will the current students feel nxt Campus Games and the ‘young bolts’..remark… “Losers..Get off we track do”….I tell you it happens….I was there.
    Mr. Minister…..ERASE DAT NAME with gusto. Cuz you also was there…..they just don’t understand these fair minded commentors.


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