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LIME disputes reports regarding CARIFTA Championships

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By SPORTS WRITER

For The Guardian

LIME, Cable&Wireless Communications’Caribbean business, is surprised at the recent reports in the media regarding negotiations around the staging of the 2011 CARIFTA Track and Field Championships. LIME was the presenting sponsor of the championships in Grand Cayman in 2010, which were regionally broadcasted for the first time in the 39-year history of the event. LIME also facilitated the live-streaming of the championships over the internet to the delight of Caribbean athletics fans worldwide.

Last year at those very successful championships, LIME pledged its continued support to be the Presenting Sponsor of the championships to the North American, Central American and Caribbean Confederation(NACAC)which is the umbrella organization for the CARIFTA championships, through to 2012. That commitment to the CARIFTA championships remains unwavering.

The protocol involved with the sponsorship of these championships is that the sponsor(in this case LIME as Presenting Sponsor)negotiates terms with the rights owners(NACAC)and agrees to the amount that will be paid to the rights holders. All other agreements for support to the host country are then a matter for discussion and agreement between NACAC and the host country. While LIME would be extremely pleased if the championships were held here in The Bahamas, that decision rests solely with NACAC and the bidding host countries. Our commitment to sponsor these championships remains in effect regardless of

where the championships are staged.

LIME would like to place on record its continued desire to do all possible to work with NACAC, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, or any other selected host country to ensure a successful execution of the championships.

LIME’s 2010 sponsorship of the championships also included a region-wide CARIFTA promotion that afforded one school in every LIME territory the opportunity to win a$5,000 local currency contribution to their athletics program. LIME also assisted 10 CARIFTA teams in LIME territories with financial support and team equipment.

LIME continues to support Caribbean athletics at all levels and sees the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships as an excellent vehicle to showcase and develop the next generation of athletes.

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