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Brathwaite Meet on cards

Brathwaite Meet on cards Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley (left) and Olympian Ryan Brathwaite discussing plans for the Ryan Brathwaite Invitational. (GP)

Sat, October 13, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Barbados may soon be hosting the Ryan Brathwaite Invitational meet.

This disclosure came yesterday from Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley following a meeting with Ambassador Ryan Brathwaite at the minister’s office at Mall Internationale, Haggatt Hall, St Michael.

Lashley said his ministry was keen on exploring opportunities to further develop athletics.

“The intention is to move very quickly towards setting up a coordinating committee to start planning this event,” the minister said.

“We need to mobilize Barbados from now towards the Olympics, which are due in 2016 in Rio, Brazil. Therefore, the move to have a special Ryan Brathwaite Invitational event is part and parcel of that national preparation, which has been embraced by the ministry as being a very critical component of the wider programme of having the country focus on Team Barbados from now.”

The time frame to stage the meet was not revealed.

Lashley added that a Ryan Brathwaite Mentorship Programme would be implemented shortly.

“I have already asked the relevant officers in the ministry to look at a structure for that programme, which Ryan is very keen on starting, in collaboration with the Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth.

“The mentorship programme will be for our young people in Barbados, and it is intended to not only cover schools, but young people in the community who can benefit from the very strong focus that Ryan has in terms of his own personal development.”

Lashley described yesterday’s talks as “very fruitful”, adding that he updated Brathwaite on the progress of the new track at the National Stadium as well as the one bearing his name at the University of the West Indies.

They also discussed the Caribbean Games, with the minister stating that earlier this week in Guyana, his Caribbean Community colleagues agreed to establish a working group to look at the possibility of having the Games. That group is expected to report to the ministers soon.

Meanwhile, Brathwaite is keen to work with his homeland. He said his training was going well and promised that 2013 would be a good year for him. (BGIS)

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