For the first time since 2004, Barbados will not have a delegation at the Huntsman World Senior Games, when they come off next month in Utah.

This announcement came from Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Cynthia Forde, at a recent meeting with the athletes.

She explained that some senior athletes who excelled in the National Senior Games meet, held locally on Whit Monday, were usually afforded the opportunity to travel to Utah to represent Barbados at the international meet.

Minister Forde noted that given the current economic climate, the price tag to send a contingent this year was “simply too high”.  She added that it would be remiss of her to fund this trip, when there were so many other persons who could be assisted with those funds.

Ms. Forde, however, stressed that this decision was only temporary, and that the Ministry would resume sending a team to the overseas meet as soon as it was economically feasible to do so.


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