Wednesday, January 14, 2009 – The local organising committee preparing
for the annual CARIFTA games scheduled to be held here during Easter said it is
committed to hosting a successful event.
Committee Chairman, Donovan Williams gave an update on preparations for the
games during a function put on by the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee recently. He
said the organisers have had a number of challenges in terms of the financing of
additional infrastructural works at the George Odlum stadium.
“Thankfully, we’ve been able to convince the powers that be that this is an
important national activity that requires the level of funding support that we
have deemed necessary, and so we are now in a position where we can actually
contract those works,” Mr William said.
He also announced that there are six different packages associated with works at
the stadium and stated that the Committee will be in a position to offer
contracts by the end of January.
“All of these packages are of four-to-six week duration which gives us
sufficient time to assure they are done before the end of March. The other
advantage for us is that they all can be done simultaneously which will result
in minimum delays, William noted.
Hosting the CARIFTA games will cost Saint Lucia approximately 10 Million EC
dollars, seven million of which will go entirely towards infrastructural works
at the stadium.