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Prime Minister's remarks at Double Wicket World Championship - APRIL 04, 2003

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APRIL 04, 2003


Good morning to you all. It gives me great pleasure and it is with great pride that I welcome all of you to the first ever Double Wicket World Championship.

Today marks a new beginning in the history of sports tourism in St. Lucia and indeed in the Caribbean. The Double Wicket World Championship is St. Lucia’s first concerted attempt at merging sports and tourism and it is our aim to continue to bring this event to St. Lucia over the next ten years.

Over the next three days of competition, you will see some of the best cricketers in the world from eight of the world’s test playing countries. Be prepared for fantastic sports entertainment and fierce competition from some of the world’s most flamboyant players in the cricketing world.

I want to thank the St. Lucia Tourist Board for their innovation and for taking the lead in developing this new event in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Cricket Association.

I also wish to thank all of those great West Indies Cricketers who have lent their names and support to the Double Wicket World Championship ... our Patrons of the Event. We hope to continue with your support for years to come.

As I stand here this morning, I cannot help but recall another event in the history of St. Lucia initiated by the St. Lucia Tourist Board. This event started off small, was considered a failure in terms of ticket sales and attendance in its first years, and now 12 years later it has grown into one of the world’s most acclaimed music event. I am of course referring to St. Lucia Jazz.

From all indications, the future of the Double Wicket World Championship looks bright and like the evolution of St. Lucia Jazz, it is clear that Double Wicket World Championship has the potential to grow into a major international cricket event.

Not only will this inaugural event help to bring a new focus to St. Lucia in the world of sports tourism, but it will also better position us to be considered as a major venue in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in the Caribbean.

In conclusion it gives me great pleasure to declare open the first annual Double Wicket Cricket Championship at Beauséjour, St. Lucia.

Let the games begin.


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