Tourney back after decade
Host country Barbados will be hunting a double at the reconstituted Caribbean Badminton Championships (CAREBACO), which are returning to the regional calendar for the first time in a decade.
In announcing two very strong teams on Wednesday at the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA)?Office, president of the Barbados Badminton Association Kevin Wood noted that CAREBACO had not taken place for over ten years and that affected the standard of play in the region.
However, Barbados had been very active in maintaining the sharpness of their players at regional and international competitions and will be looking to win both the junior and senior titles.
The countries taking part in the junior section are Suriname, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, while Curacao, Suriname and Barbados will battle in the seniors.
The team competition will start on Sunday at the Wildey Gymnasium and will run until Tuesday; the individual championship will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.
The individual competition offers plenty of fireworks with players coming from Brazil, Santo Domingo, United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Guyana, Suriname and Barbados.
President Steve Stoute pledged the BOA’s support of the revival of CAREBACO, while similar aid was given by the Caribbean Development Bank through Sharon Marshall.
The Barbados junior team comprises D’Andre Thorpe, Finn West, Shem Scantlebury, Sabeel Foster, Corey Fanus, Monyata Riviera, Cherriann Fanus, Lisa King and Barbados scholarship winner, Mikeila Carrington.
The senior team will see the return to international competition of former No. 1 Dionne Haynes to link forces with Sabrina Scott, Shari Watson, Mariama Eastmond, Tamisha Wiliams, Dave Forde, Bradley Pilgrim, Dakeil Thorpe, Andre Padmore and Wood.
Cassiopeia Toledo will referee the tournament.