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The Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) extends sincere condolences to the immediate, Olympic and entire sporting families of Dr Fernando Beltranena, from President of the Guatemala Olympic Committee, a committed sporting icon and a very dear friend of the Caribbean Olympic organizations.
During his tenure in the Olympic Movement Dr Beltranena embraced and epitomized the lofty values and ideals enshrined in the IOC’s concept of Olympism.
Dr Beltranena’s general demeanour left him a most affable person whose knowledge of the global Olympic Movement and studies of the life and works of IOC founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, saw him being dubbed, the de Coubertin of the Americas. He spent much of his time in PASO promoting the establishment of National Olympic Academies in the Americas and often fought for the continent to organize its own Regional Olympic Academy as a hub for further Olympic Studies.
It was while many were sharing the celebration of the annual Olympic day, the official opening of the IOC’s Olympic Headquarters and the convening of the IOC’s most recent Session that news of Dr Beltranena’s fall and subsequent self- induced coma reached our ears. This information led to prayers being undertaken across the globe. It was both God’s Grace and his indomitable sport that allowed Dr Beltranena to soldier on for the weeks that passed by after his fall.
The CANOC family has lost a great friend as has the global Olympic and sporting movements.
We are grateful that we were given the opportunity to have known such a humble, loving man; a man of his times; a man whose legacy will forever impact the Panam Sports region and its entire membership.
May he rest in peace.
The Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) is making a huge effort to get the sport included on the sports programme of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games and it has the full backing of the International Netball Federation (INF).
Already, AFNA’s application for inclusion was well received by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (CACSO), proprietors of the quadrennial CAC Games. This followed an official request to CACSO which passed it on to its Technical Commission headed by Humberto Cintron of Puerto Rico. A survey was conducted to ascertain whether the sport me the CACSO requirement of being played in a minimum of 10 member countries and had the support of their NOCs.
The CACSO Executive received the Technical Commission’s report in May 2019 and approve the inclusion of Netball on its sports programme. The General Assembly of CACSO, scheduled for 29 – 31 October 2019 in Panama City, Panama.
Meanwhile, AFNA is not sitting on its laurels. Over the past several weeks the organisation has written to all CACSO members seeking their support. A copy of AFNA’s letter is attached:
I write on behalf of the Executive and Members of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA). We are keenly interested to have the sport of netball included in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.
We are very pleased to note that CACSO’s Executive Committee, at the recent meeting in Panama City duly approved the Technical Commission’s recommendations to include Netball as one of the new sports on the CAC Games programme. The purpose of this letter is to introduce Netball to you and to seek your support at the General Assembly in October in Panama. We hope to convince host country Panama to include it as one of the sports on the Games Programme in 2022.
INF is the worldwide governing body for Netball. It was created in 1960 with the fundamental purpose to promote, improve and grow netball globally, in accordance with the ideals and objectives of the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation in which membership exists. The Netball world is divided into five (5) regions: ASIA, AFRICA, EUROPE, OCEANIA and our region – the AMERICAS.
The Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) is the region’s governing body. The Americas is the largest region and covers countries in the Caribbean, North, South and Central America. While we currently lead seventeen (17) member countries including the USA and Canada, our aim is to cultivate the remaining forty (40) countries to play Netball. Already we are making inroads in South America spearheaded by our Member Argentina.
Netball is a vibrant global game that is played in over seventy eight (78) member countries with in excess of 20 million participants worldwide. The game has been played in the Caribbean since 1947. By 1957 international netball tournaments were being played in and amongst each of the ten (10) island territories which made up the West Indies Federation namely Monserrat, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent, Barbados, Antigua Barbuda, St. Kitts, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and there was an Association in each island controlling the event.
Over the years, the popularity of the sport has increased exponentially. It has been played in the Commonwealth Games and has been a core sport since 1998. Netball is increasing its profile and visibility through its inclusion in multi-sport games in other INF regions – such as the African National Olympic Committee Association (ANOCA) Youth Games, the Mini Pacific Games in the Oceania Region and the South East Asian (SEA) Games in Asia. We continue to strive to be added to the Olympic Programme. For the sport of Netball and more-so in the Americas region, inclusion in the CAC Games would be a first and positive step in this direction. We strongly believe that Netball would enhance the programmes of these prestigious Games. The Pan American Games would be our next stop.
Already Netball is played in thirteen (13) of your member countries and the respective National Associations are affiliated with their National Olympic Committees. The rules are available in English, Chinese, Spanish and French, with plans to add Portuguese.
At present the World and Regional Tournaments that specifically relate to our region are as follows:
· Netball World Cup (NWC)
· Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC)
· Commonwealth Games
· Commonwealth Youth Games 2021
· AFNA Regional Qualifiers for NWC & NWYC
· AFNA Regional High School Championship
· ECCB/OECS Tournament
· Caribbean Netball Association Under 16 Championship
· Other regional tournaments amongst member countries
Currently three (3) of our members are amongst the top twelve (12) in the netball world rankings: JAMAICA – 3rd, Trinidad and Tobago – 10th, and Barbados – 12th. The CAC Games would provide a pathway to make this region more dominant in the world. Even with the limited international playing opportunities within the Americas region, several young women from this region are playing professionally in Super Leagues in England and Australia. The possibility exists for more opportunities such as this and participation in the CAC Games would make this a reality.
INF and AFNA are committed to the empowerment of women and girls and the ability of netball to do this is extraordinary. This empowerment is achieved by working with our Members from grassroots to elite with a mission to provide safe and supportive environments to develop life skills and to sustain growth.
I carry the aspirations of the thousands of young women and girls who dream of joining their colleagues in other sporting disciplines in participating in these prestigious Games. We hope that the CACSO organization will accept this sport to be included in the 2022 Games and by so doing demonstrate to the world the strength and dynamics of sport in this region.
We (INF and AFNA) hope to be afforded the opportunity to make a presentation at your General Assembly in October 2019 and to answer any questions you may have regarding Netball in the Americas Region.
Marva Bernard OD
A Level 2 Technical Course for Coaches in Tennis was held in May at the Olympic Centre and Tennis Centre.
Thirteen coaches from 4 countries participated in the Course under the leadership of Mr Guillermo Stevens-Sierra of Mexico. The 4 countries were Curacao, Grenada, Suriname and host country Barbados.
Olympic Week Activities
A Day of Traditional Games for 150 primary school students on Tuesday 19 June. Students were treated to games of days long gone where they played Hop Scotch, Hula Hoop, Marbles, Jacks, and sampled traditional snacks.
The Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) held an Olympic “fun day” for primary school children at their headquarters in Wildey, to celebrate Olympic Day.
Bright smiles at Olympic Fun Day hosted by the Barbados Olympic Association
The event, now in its fourth year, aims to encourage young children to take part in traditional Barbadian games and cuisine, while also teaching them about the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
“We took some traditional games that were played in Barbados many years ago and we expose children to them, activities they would not normally play on a day-to-day basis,” said National Olympic Academy director Dave Farmer. “These are the games that their parents and grandparents would have played and they really enjoyed themselves.”
On offer were games including hula-hooping, marbles, jacks, volleyball, table tennis and chess, among others. There was also a tour of the BOA museum and an Art Room where students designed their Olympic medal and drew their sport.
Physical education teacher at Hilda Skeene Primary school, Janelle Denny, said she was happy to be participating in the event again.
“It’s always a very good initiative from the BOA to put on this type of activity for the primary schools because at the end of the day this is where it all starts, so the children are very motivated to be involved in sport from a very early age,” she said.
Other schools that took part included St. Luke’s Academy, Selah Primary and Luther Thorne Memorial. Olympic Day is celebrated worldwide, and officially takes place every year on June 23. It is held to commemorate the founding of the modern Olympic Games and to promote the Olympic ideals of “move”, “learn” and “discover”.
A Sports Focus Discussion for Secondary school students on Thursday 21 June from 10.00 am to 2.00pm and a Panel Discussion for the general public at 7.00pm same evening.
The Secondary School theme was “The Athlete as a Role Model” and the Panel Discussion theme was “ The Role of Sport in the Development of Barbados”
Olympic Day Fun Ride, Run and Walk was held on Saturday 23 June at Olympic Centre.
Cyclers taking off for the Olympic Day Fun Ride
Read by CGF President, Louise Martin CBE at the CGF Daily Media Briefing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on
On 12 April 2018, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Federation Court heard a complaint made by the CGF Medical Commission against members of the Indian team competing at the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.
The Chef de Mission of the Commonwealth Games Association of India (“CGA India”), Vikram Singh Sisodia; General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker; Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry; two athletes, Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi; and other individuals (Team Managers) associated with CGA India were found by the CGF Federation Court to be in breach of the CGF No Needle Policy for the Games (the “No Needle Policy”). All five individuals were found to be in breach of the Policy.
Having heard all the parties and considered all the evidence at the hearing which took place on 12 April 2018 before the Federation Court of the Commonwealth Games Federation (“CGF”), the Court found as follows:
“Notwithstanding the explanations given to the Court as to the actions taken to communicate the CGF regulations and policies applicable to the XXI Commonwealth Games (the “Games”) to Team Managers, Vikram Singh Sisodia – Chef de Mission, Namdev Shirgaonker – General Team Manager, and Ravinder Chaudhry – Manager, Athletics Team, and other persons acting on behalf of the Commonwealth Games Association of India (“CGA India”) are in breach of the CGF No Needle Policy for the Games (the “No Needle Policy”) in that they failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy.
“The testimony of an Incognitus Cleaners Operations Manager as to the discovery of a needle in a cup on the bedside table in bedroom 2 of Apartment 7 in the Games Village assigned to CGA India and occupied by Rakesh Babu – Athlete, Triple Jump, and Irfan Kolothum Thodi – Athlete, Race Walk (“Bedroom 2”) is credible.
“The testimony of the Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Principal Investigator as to the discovery of a syringe in the bag of Rakesh Babu found in Bedroom 2 which said bag Rakesh Babu admitted to be his property is credible.
“The testimony of athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi who denied all knowledge of the needle in the cup in Bedroom 2 and the further testimony of Rakesh Babu that he had no knowledge of the syringe found in his bag in Bedroom 2 are both unreliable and evasive.
“Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are in breach of the No Needle Policy in that they failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy and, in particular, failed to ensure compliance with paragraphs I, II, III and IV of the No Needle Policy.
“In the circumstances: The CGF shall issue a strong reprimand to Vikram Singh Sisodia, Namdev Shirgaonker and Ravinder Chaudhry that they and other persons failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy. The CGF shall advise Vikram Singh Sisodia, Namdev Shirgaonker and Ravinder Chaudhry that any further infractions by any member of the Indian Team of the No Needle Policy could result in the withdrawal of accreditation of the offending person.
Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games.
The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi was suspended with effect fromhours on . Both athletes were removed from the Games Village.”
We have asked the Commonwealth Games Association of India to ensure both athletes depart Australia on the first flight available.
As we have said previously, the Commonwealth Games takes a no tolerance approach to these matters. When the Commonwealth Games Federation says no tolerance, the Commonwealth Games Federation means no tolerance.
The National Olympic Committee of Grenada, one of the members of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), will become the first CANOC affiliate to host an executive meeting of Panam Sports (formerly the Pan American Sports Organisation – PASO).
President of Panam Sports, Royston LaHee, officially requested the opportunity to host the Panam Sports executive meeting during the period, 14 – 15 June 2018.
President of Panam Sports, Neven Illic of Chile, made the announcement of the location of the next scheduled executive meeting of the organisation at the conclusion of the last such meeting in Santiago, Chile.
The Grenada NOC is nearing the completion of construction work on its official headquarters in the thriving tourism area of Grand Anse.
On behalf of the entire CANOC Executive and membership it is with great pleasure and pride that we extend most sincere congratulations to your successful athletes, coaches and indeed your entire organizations for what has been achieved at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games.
While clearly size matters we as a region have been able to prove that we possess an abundance of sporting talent and that e are committed to working diligently towards their continued systematic development so that we can hold our own in competition against the best in the world.
Kindly extend to your respective athletes’ CANOC’s best wishes for the future.
We wish your organizations and athletes every success especially at the pending Central American and Caribbean Games (Barranquilla, Colombia) and the Youth Olympic Games (Buenos Aires, Argentina) scheduled for later this year.