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Call for safe sports

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Call for safe sports

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The Royal Barbados Police Force and organisers of the 2011 Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships (BSSAC) are calling on parents and children to cooperate to ensure a safe and incident free event.
During the launch this morning at The St Michael School, Robert Cumberbatch, principal of the Christ Church Foundation School and head of BSSAC security, said there had been no incidents at the National Stadium and they expected that to continue.
They will be working closely with the police to provide a safe and secure environment at the venue.
Police public relations officer David Welch said they would have plain clothes officers in the stands, as well as increased foot and mobile patrols on the roads leading to Bridgetown to try to eliminate the bad behaviour which was displayed last year.
As with the primary schools, the Transport Board will be providing free transportation into Bridgetown, and parents are being asked to make sure their children maintain good behaviour and get home in a timely manner.
Once again, there will be no musical instruments, but meet director David Oxley said this shouldn’t affect the standard and quality of the performances, with many of the top athletes returning.
He also announced that the meet would be streamed live on their website.
Title sponsors Powerade have also inked a new three-year agreement with the organisers.
This year’s championships will be held on March 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18.