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Ministry launches International Sports Day for Development and Peace

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture announced several events to celebrate International Sports Day for Development and Peace, slated for Wednesday, April 6. The announcement came during a press conference held at its headquarters at the Ivy Dumont Building on Thompson Boulevard yesterday.

With the theme of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture this year dubbed “The Awakening – Powered by Sports”, sports minister Mario Bowleg said that The Bahamas will join the world in celebrating the day. The theme for this year’s international sports day is “Securing a Sustainable and Peaceful Future for All: The Contribution of Sport”.

“On that day, The Bahamas will join the world in celebrating International Sports Day of Movement,” Bowleg said. “This year’s theme will be used as an opportunity to promote the use of sports as a tool to advance human rights and sustainable development.

“The Department of Sports, here at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will host a series of sporting events, inclusive of an obstacle course designed to foster team participation, and a community-based event on Saturday, April 2nd.

The celebration gets underway with a church service at the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church on St. Vincent Road on Sunday, March 27. Service will start at 10 a.m. Events are also planned for Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Andros and Long Island. There is also a media tour scheduled for March 30-31.

On Saturday, April 2, the Queen’s Baton for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games that is set for this summer, is expected to be in New Providence. The route for the baton will be announced at a later date.

“The country will welcome the Queen’s Baton, which will make the rounds through a number of the communities, stopping at parks and sites where sporting activities will be taking place. These events are open to the public and we encourage each and every one of you to be a part of the day of fun,” Bowleg said.

On April 6, the main day, the Sports Department is inviting teams of eight from the public and private sector to participate in an obstacle course race at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

Outgoing Director of Sports Tim Munnings said they want everyone to be active and challenge the department.

“In celebrating this, we are encouraging everyone to be active and get involved. That is what it is all about, making sure that you can get out, be active and get involved in something. We put a challenge out there and this Ministry is ready to take on anybody.”

Incoming Director of Sports Kelsie Johnson said it will be a challenging course and may add another element.

“We will have a rock climbing, rope climbing, you will have to crawl and jump,” Johnson said. “The only thing that you won’t have to do on that day is swim. If we want to have a fun challenge, we will open up the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre and challenge those persons who believe that they are a fish in the water against this ministry.”

Chief Sports and Recreation Officer Oria Wood-Knowles said that it is time to get back together after being separated because of COVID-19. 

“We have received many gifts from UNICEF, and we would like to give these gifts to representatives on the parks. In these gift packages, we have sporting equipment such as soccer balls, volley balls and volleyball nets among other things such as bibs. It is important for the MPs get out with their people even if it is a walkabout through the community and to join us in the movement. We can now start building ourselves and communities in getting out and coming together again. COVID-19 separated and socially distanced us, and it is time for us to be more of a social people and to get ourselves back together,” Wood-Knowles.

Bowleg said that the public can look forward to more sporting event and activities as the sports continue to get back on track.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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