“…cricket in the West Indies is not a new development; its logic, its values, artistry, morality and spirit are very different from other cricket cultures. That is so true.” – Sir Wes HallIn his prime he terrified batsmen the world over. Towering at 6’2” he was as good as they came- fast and accurate with a classical action.
Today at 80, he walks with the support of a cane; his strapping structure clearly weakened by the rigours of bowling at high speed against the finest batsmen, in the most intense of conditions.
“The human body was not designed for fast bowling,” Sir Wesley Winfield Hall told a gathering at the Pegasus Hotel on Friday evening.
“We either die early or we walk with a cane or with two mock knees, but we don’t do very well after bowling for a long time,” he continued.
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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Mr. Giovanni Infantino, agreed on the importance of sport to youth development and to society as a whole.
Mr. Infantino paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Tuesday at the Georgetown, Guyana, Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.
Ambassador LaRocque informed the FIFA President that sports persons were among the original categories under the free movement of skills regime of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Secretary-General said that sports was valuable as a social investment which could assist in channeling the youth towards positive endeavours and as a means of instilling discipline. It could also provide a career path, the Secretary-General added.
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The history of cricket as a subject could be added to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations Physical Education curriculum if the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has its way.
WICB Marketing and Communications Manager Carole Beckford says that the body wants to have the subject added, saying the intention is to have the younger generation understand how important the sport is to Caribbean unity.
“Physical Education is already on the CXC [Caribbean Examinations Council] Curriculum. Because of the strong history of cricket as a subject, we thought it would have been an important partnership with CXC to ensure that the history of West Indies Cricket is being carried on – that people understand how important it is, whether it’s social, business or political.
If a young student passes through the region and does Physical Education. They’ll understand not just the physical part of it, but the historical and the social context as well,” she said.
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(CNN)A new Usain Bolt biopic – I Am Bolt – aims to inspire future generations, but it also gave the Olympic great a lesson too.
The 30-year-old, who showed a natural talent for sprinting growing up in Jamaica, has won nine Olympic gold medals but could his haul have been even greater?
“When I started out I wasn’t that serious,” he told CNN in London, where he will end his sprinting career at the 2017 world championships.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is proud of the achievements regional athletes recorded at the Paralympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this month.
In a congratulatory message, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque singled out world record setting gold medal winner Akeem Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago for special praise.
“His performances were the highlight of the Region’s participation in these Games and epitomised the determination of our differently-abled citizens to compete with the rest of the world and be the best at their chosen field,” Ambassador LaRocque said.