The Antigua Contract Bridge Association (ACBA)
has been chosen to host next year’s OECS Championships.
This was confirmed by head of the association,
Deverel Forde, who said close to 20
teams will compete in the annual championships.
“The Antigua Contract Bridge Association and
Antigua and Barbuda, will be hosting the OECS tournament next year and the date
has already been established which is from the 29th to the 31st of May, and the
venue is to be determined. The last time we hosted would have been 2013, so
it’s our turn,” he said.
An estimated eight teams, to include defending
champions St Kitts, will compete in the OECS division alongside St Lucia,
Dominica, Anguilla, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Grenada and Antigua. The
competition will also host an Open Division, which will see non-OECS countries
compete for top honours.
Forde said the fraternity is looking forward
to the tournament and all the benefits it brings.
“Well, the camaraderie from the other
stakeholders and it’s an opportunity for us to present Antigua because people
would have an opportunity to experience the Antiguan hospitality, its culture,
its cuisine, its special places … it’s the usual event which takes place in the
region where we get exposure to each other,” the president said.
Meanwhile, the association will be hosting a
training and recruitment programme slated to start next week at its headquarters
on Factory Road.
“What we are doing is inviting people who are
interested to learn the game of bridge to come on register at the bridge club
on Factory Road, just east of the fire station. We want to have two weekly
sessions starting from next week Tuesday at 5 pm, and on Saturdays at 1 pm, and
we want to run that programme for at least three months,” he said.
Forde said the training
programme is open to prospective members of all ages and gender.