Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley (right), in discussion with (from left) Chairman of the National Sports Council, Henry Inniss, and Director, Erskine King. (Image: C. Pitt/BGIS)

Government is keen to use sports as a means of building the community spirit across the island.

Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, made this assertion today after touring the Gymnasium and the National Sports Council, as part of his familiarisation visit to some of the departments under his portfolio.

Mr. Lashley said he had cursory discussions with the National Sports Council about going into various districts with an attractive sport such as road tennis, to get Barbadians focused on community sports.

He noted that sports tourism was still a critical area for Government, explaining that he would like to see it grow as an industry. "We are working very closely with the Barbados Tourism Authority to ensure that we can develop the kind of sources of foreign exchange flowing into Barbados…

"There is currently a Barbados Tourism Authority representative on the National Sports Council’s Board and one of the things I will be aiming to do is to have that reciprocated, where the National Sports Council will have a representative on the Barbados Tourism Authority’s Board," the Minister stated.

Mr. Lashley described his discussions with the members of both Boards as fruitful, adding that a bit more prioritising would have to be done in those critical areas.

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