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We need to take better care of our athletes, says Lashley

This island’s Minister of Sport would like to see national athletes properly compensated for their outstanding contributions.

In fact, Stephen Lashley believes that once a sportsperson’s career is over, Government should ensure that they are taken care of financially.

He made the comments in Parliament today during debate on a resolution to grant 25,000 square feet of land at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on a 25-year lease to the Rotary of Barbados South for construction of a facility for children with disabilities.

Minister Stephen Lashley

Minister Stephen Lashley

“I believe that sportspersons, particularly those who have served at the national level, should not have to worry about work in Barbados. That is a philosophy that I hold, but the issue is how do we deal with it,” Lashley explained.

“I believe that our sportspersons ought to be guaranteed proper employment when they have finished their course of duty at the national level.

“Our sportspersons who have served at the national level should not have to be in dire straits and should not have to be looking around for a job here and there. The state has a responsibility to those sportspersons and we are looking at that . . . but it is not an issue which can be dealt with overnight,” he added.

The Minister revealed they were currently working towards implementing a new Sports Development Legislation.

Once completed, he said it would usher in a new era in terms of how sports were viewed.

“We have been doing the focus group sessions with the various groups and organizations and the intention is to come up with a white paper which would set the tone for a new sports policy in Barbados and recalibrate the whole focus on sports dimension.

“That is where we want to position sports in Barbados and you have my assurance that we will get there in terms of how we move forward with sports,” Lashley promised.

10 Responses to We need to take better care of our athletes, says Lashley

  1. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox June 24, 2015 at 8:51 am

    donate one of your salaries to them

  2. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne June 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

    The money that the DEMS are putting to make anew statues they can donate it to the Athletes instead.

  3. Allyson Benn
    Allyson Benn June 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

    We need to stop mocking our athletes by having below standard facilities, by treating them as freelancers, rewarding them for mediocrity, ignoring them after they stop being headline news, then coming talking about how we should treat them better.

    Let’s try that.

  4. Bajan boy.. June 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Unfortunately these short sighted guys only see cricketers as sportsmen..

  5. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes June 24, 2015 at 10:09 am

    We need to take care of all our citizens not just athletes. I am so tired of athletes being put above others. Everyone needs help period.

  6. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis June 24, 2015 at 10:54 am

    DEM need to take care of Barbados as a whole and not single out any special group of people

  7. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte June 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    One minute people say that we need to do more for the Athletes. Now that the minister acknowledges that there is a need to do more some have issues with that …. wishy washy people… makes me laugh

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Wait…….’We need to take better care of our athletes’ DEM need to care of all the citizens of Barbados! Wunna need to pole vault out of Office.

  9. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post June 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    So why don’t u?


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