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Ezra Stuart

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Wake up from your slumber, Mr Minister!

President of the Barbados Hockey Federation (BHF), David Rouse, isn’t backing down from his position that Government isn’t taking sports tourism seriously.

Yesterday he responded to recent remarks by Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley, who questioned why the federation was making “unjustified accusations”.

Rouse said he would have preferred not to reply to Lashley’s comments, published in the DAILY NATION of September 18, but would be failing in his duty to represent the BHF, which he was elected to lead in 2011.

“The minister has not addressed the real issue of how his ministry will assist in facilitating the development of hockey as a sport and as a contribution to the economy of Barbados,” Rouse contended.

The BHF chief said the “meetings” referred to by Lashley was one which was held on April 3 last year to discuss a proposal put forward by the BHF for the replacement of the AstroTurf and upgrade of the Wildey facility.