No violence will be allowed at the upcoming National Inter-Parish Independence Road Tennis Competition.

This was underscored by Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, earlier today, as he officially launched the road tennis tournament at the National Sports Council Headquarters.

In reference to the recent spates of violence at certain sporting events across the island, Mr. Lashely stressed that he would do everything in his capacity as Minister with responsibility for Sports, to ensure that there would be no such reoccurrence at the upcoming events.

"I want to denounce the practice of gun play at sporting events…Sports is intended to be conducted in a safe manner," Mr. Lashley emphasised.

He further appealed to the members of the Royal Barbados Police Force to continue their efforts to stamp out the practice.

"It is tragic when we have to ask the police to come out to a community event, but we will take all steps to ensure that these events are conducted in a safe manner," the Sports Minister stated.

The tournament will begin on Thursday, November 24.??

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