DLP shame

Mottley claims Govt deprived Barbados of ICC Women’s World T20 matches

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is accusing the Freundel Stuart administration of dropping the ball on a lucrative boost for sports and tourism by missing an opportunity to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20 Cup final at Kensington Oval next year.

BLP leader Mia Mottley is contending that Government failed to back the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) in its bid to secure the tournament’s biggest game, and in turn will cost the Treasury millions of dollars in potential tourism and other revenue.

Describing the development as “shameful”, Mottley charged that all that was needed was for the administration to provide visa waivers, which she claimed would have amounted to no more than $400,000, to give Barbados an opportunity to host the tournament’s biggest game.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley (left) and BLP representative for St Michael South East Santia Bradshaw (right) during this afternoon’s press conference at the Leader of the Oppositon’s office.

With the authorities’ failure to act, she maintained, Barbados will not even host a preliminary match when the tournament is held in the Caribbean in November 2018.

“As a Barbadian woman I am completely embarrassed and humiliated by the fact that the Barbados Government failed to provide any support whatsoever in respect to guarantees to host the matches,” Mottley told journalists at a news conference at the Opposition Leader’s office in Parliament this afternoon.

West Indies are the defending champions, after the side led by Jamaican Stefanie Taylor defeated Australia in the final in the Indian city of Kolkata in April last year. Seven members of the 15-player team that took part in that tournament were Barbadian.

“To have this opportunity being the only country in the Caribbean to have hosted three cricket World Cup finals, it is unthinkable that we were not prepared to offer a guarantee that would give the Government no greater exposure than $300,000 or $400,000 with respect to the waiver of fees for teams participating, is most unfortunate,” Mottley stressed.

The BLP leader charged that in addition to letting the cricketing fraternity down, the administration was also hurting hoteliers who would have benefited from the spinoff, as contingents of supporters were expected to travel with the various teams.

“What are we saying to the hoteliers who would otherwise be getting this business in November of next year? This would have been a month before the tourist season starts. What is the message to the taxi drivers, restaurateurs or all of the people who would be expected to service the teams visiting Barbados but the many thousands of persons coming to view the game?” questioned Mottley, who claimed the last World Cup final hosted by Barbados had contributed $51 million to the economy.

A team from the ICC visited the Caribbean in late October and early November this year as part of preparation and planning for the tournament. The team inspected 11 venues in eight countries, including Kensington Oval.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) will recommend the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 venues to the sports governing body, which it is expected to give its approval at a board meeting in February.

During the visit Simon Jelowitz, ICC’s senior event operations manager, who led the delegation, said the cricketing body would work closely with CWI over the next year “to put together a truly global event with the Caribbean flavour which, in turn, will not only inspire young girls and boys to take up the sport, but also attract new audiences”.

Today, Mottley argued that with the country seeking growth while simultaneously celebrating the achievements of its citizens, the exclusion of Barbados from consideration made “absolutely no sense”.

However, she claimed the missed opportunity was consistent with the Democratic Labour Party’s practice of acting “only in its political interest” to the detriment of the country.

“We have become accustomed to a Government that acts only in its political interest or in the interest of a few friends. This Government has displayed over and over again, and perhaps the Barbados Cricket Association should have had different initials from BCA if they wanted the Government guarantee to be provided for them in good time. What is significant is that even despite passing the deadline inspectors still came to visit in Barbados in hope that the guarantee will come,” the Opposition leader charged.

Ten teams will participate in next year’s event, which will run from November 3-24. West Indies hosted the 2010 tournament – with the final played at Kensington – and will become the first nation to host the tournament twice,

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

11 Responses to DLP shame

  1. Sue Donym December 20, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Haven’t you heard constituency football and road tennis are carrying the sway? International cricket does not offer the same opportunities (photo opportunities and individual bragging).
    Too busy looking for ways to tax, to see the obvious.

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  2. Carson C Cadogan December 20, 2017 at 8:24 am

    hahahaha

    “”As a Barbadian woman……”””

    This has to be the Christmas joke from the crooked Barbados Labour Party.

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  3. milli watt December 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

    want to hear the other side as to why they passed on this tournament

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  4. Darson December 20, 2017 at 8:42 am

    They are the same persons that said the $5.000.000 on the 50 th Independence was a bad investment , We hosted Carifesta
    Do they realise how much money we expats put back for the 50th
    I say it was a good investment and I do feel very strongly Lasley should have been given his award based on that . apart from some showers of Blessings it was Beautiful Show .
    Cricket world Cup ? Mia Do you really want to go there?Remember 2007

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  5. Roverp December 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

    It is all about the DLP priorities that are all about the DEMS. The DLP has never really been a party of women and women’s progress. The 50th anniversary thing was all about using the TRIDENT to push the DLP’s image. Problem is the DEMS are not geared up to promote Barbados internationally nor export whether goods or services. The party is all about self image and promoting itself at the expense of Barbados.

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    • Carson C Cadogan December 20, 2017 at 9:25 am

      RUBBISH.

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  6. archy perch December 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I wanted to hear this Barbadian woman’s position on domestic violence and sexual harassment when the Bills were debated in Parliament but nothing from those deadly lips of hers.
    Wo—man, it’s me….shame and scandal is what I bring to thee.
    Fake lawyer running a fake show driven by fake news for an imaginary position of Prime Minister.Those n the UPP will be biting her tail up with the inside stories from 111 Roebuck Street if the UPP is to stand any chance of winning seats. They UPP MUST dish the dirt. We need the NY Times down here.

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  7. jennifer December 20, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Share jokers.

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  8. Helicopter(8P) December 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Our sewer problem is most important feature of the day and time Honorable Oposition Leader we are faced with an issue that must be corrected ASAP! Past administration town planners did not take the initive to safe guard our future infurstructure growth; so now we are faced with a top priority in 2018 AD.

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  9. Greengiant December 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    The last ICC WC finals hosted contributed 51 million to the country’s economy. How much did we spend to make preparation for the ICC WC finals?

    Why does the opposition criticize the government for spending money on entertainment for the people on moment, then the next they want to chastise the government for not investing money in an international sporting event. The CWI should be on board with their associations to offset any cost associated with hosting these ICC tournaments. After all ICC provides the members with revenue for these tournaments. Mottley as usual gets it wrong again. Why can’t the Hotels, the tour bus operators, and the other members of the BCCI who benefit from these things contribute the three or four hundred thousand dollars needed. Why must the government always off set these cost? If this is the type of government she plans to run in this country, we’ll be struggling with dept for longer periods. It’s time for the people to enjoy their taxes, let every sector car

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  10. Greengiant December 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    The last ICC WC finals hosted contributed 51 million to the country’s economy. How much did we spend to make preparation for the ICC WC finals?

    Why does the opposition criticize the government for spending money on entertainment for the people on moment, then the next they want to chastise the government for not investing money in an international sporting event.

    The CWI should be on board with their associations to offset any cost associated with hosting these ICC tournaments. After all ICC provides the members with revenue for these tournaments. Mottley as usual gets it wrong again. Why can’t the Hotels, the tour bus operators, and the other members of the BCCI who benefit from these things contribute the three or four hundred thousand dollars needed.

    Why must the government always off set these cost? If this is the type of government she plans to run in this country, we’ll be struggling with dept for longer periods. It’s time for the people to enjoy their taxes, let every sector carry its own weight.

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