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Minister of Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, and Ambassador Brathwaite look over a magazine detailing his sporting achievements at the World Championships in Berlin, during a courtesy call at the Ministry.

Minister of Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has again called on corporate Barbados to render more assistance to local athletes.

She made the call yesterday when world champion 110 metres gold medal hurdler, Ambassador Ryan Brathwaite, visited her office at the Elsie Payne Complex.

Ambassador Brathwaite told the Minister he wanted to start a local fund to help upcoming athletes who were "trying hard to maintain their goals". Dr. Byer Suckoo said such a fund was needed, since many athletes were vying for "a piece of the small pie", and corporate Barbados did not always give them the necessary help.

Dr. Byer Suckoo reminded the outstanding athlete of the great love Barbadians had for him and urged him to keep his sport clean.

Ambassador Brathwaite said he would begin training in November, noting that next year would be very competitive. He added that he was enjoying his career, even though life had changed since winning the championship.

Ambassador Brathwaite is studying Computer Science at Barton Community College in Kansas and is expected to complete his studies by December. He leaves the island next Tuesday.

saustin@barbados.gov.bb

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