ST GEORGE’S, September 22, 2016 – Grenada has announced plans to stage an international track and field event at the National Stadium next year.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell made the announcement during a media briefing here on Wednesday where he also provided some details about the initiative.
“We’re looking at a very special initiative, an international athletic event next year April, with the Ministry of Sports, Grenada Athletic Association and a private sector group,” he said.
“And I want to say the initiative for this, we were in fact planning, but the initiative is led by the private sector group, led by Michael Bascombe, who discussed this with us and we were very happy to move in that direction.”
The meet is proposed for early April which will culminate a week of athletics in Grenada, starting with the annual Intercol Championships at the National Stadium.
Dr Mitchell said he has already reached out to some regional colleagues about collaborating with this event. He said that Bahamas sports icon Chris Brown has also agreed to play a major role in the invitational meet.
“I’ve already discussed with my friend in Jamaica, the Minister of Sports and the Prime Minister, hoping to get their support and to ensure their athletes come here for that international event.
Chris Brown from the Bahamas, who has an international event, he has agreed to take a major role in the organisation of that event next year, together with our local committee,” the prime minister said.
“In other words, we’re looking at not just one type of sport – we’re looking at all forms because it’s about sports tourism. In other words, we see sports tourism as serious economic activity and, of course, the building of the talent of our young people.”
It will be the first major international track and field meet at the new stadium which was opened on January 23. The stadium, which is listed among the IAAF Class One Certified Athletics Facilities, hosted the CARIFTA Games in March.
A Local Organising Committee (LOC) has been meeting and planning for the event over the past four months and is already preparing for an official launch.
The Grenadian leader also disclosed that the lands have been identified for the construction of an Olympic-size swimming pool for Grenada. He said the facility will be built in the vicinity of the Stadium with the re-branding of the area as a sporting complex.
“We’ve settled on the lands for the international swimming pool at Queens Park. We’re investing. It’s about the present and future of this country and the development of our young people as a whole.”