Antiguan athletes based overseas who need help
in returning home can expect to receive assistance from the government, by way
of the Ministry of Sports.
The Minister responsible for sports in the
country, Honourable Daryll Matthew, made the announcement while speaking
on the Good Morning JoJo Sports show last week.
“I am not sure or aware that any have [made a
request for help], certainly not to me, and the Director [of Sports] has not
indicated to me that anyone has reached out to her. If there are athletes
abroad who wish to come home, there are certain procedures that I am sure they
will have to follow in terms of screening and quarantining and so forth, but at
the end of the day, everyone has the right to come home, and if we need to help
to bring them home in whatever way, I can’t see us as a caring government saying
no your on your own. You are an Antiguan and Barbudan foremost.”
This announcement comes just a week after the
same ministry issued a 30-day ban on all domestic sports due to the coronavirus
or COVID-19 pandemic. National teams have also been banned from participating
in any regional or international competitions.
Due to this ban and also the postponement of
major sporting events like CARIFTA, and the Summer Olympics, athletes worldwide
have begun returning home, and no athlete has reached out to the Ministry for
assistance thus far.
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