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Beach Games likely

RIA GOODMAN, [email protected]

Beach Games likely

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A Caribbean Beach Championships may be on stream for 2020, says Cameron Burke.

The chairman of the Barbados Independence Invitational Games (BIIG) was speaking to THE NATION after the official launch of the third edition of the November games on Wednesday at the Barbados Olympic Association headquarters.

“We are still in the embryonic stage as far as the Caribbean Games are concerned. Our beach festival this year is the testing ground for expansion of what we will do in the future. Volleyball is the marquee sport that we are using and they are trying to build back up their Sizzling Sands [Beach Volleyball Sunsplash series] competition. If that happens, that brings in Antigua, St Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago and a lot of the other Caribbean countries will come in for that.

“We are also pushing beach football to get involved. That is another area where we can bring in other Caribbean countries. Once we are able to build the brand and get people interested, then we can step up our game. Maybe in the next two years we should be focusing on the Caribbean Festival. That will be out of the BIIG Games. We may have a Caribbean Festival by itself and then the BIGG Games to follow,” he said. (RG)

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