Antigua & Barbuda could soon become a hub for the World Sports Alliance (WSA), an Intergovernmental Organisation made up primarily of Sovereign States.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who said the hope is that, through this partnership, the country could attract international athletes who are willing to invest in the twin-island state.
“In fact, we are in discussions now with a corporation by the name of WSA (I think it’s a world sports organisation), and they are thinking about establishing their headquarters here in Antigua & Barbuda and assist us to attract some international athletes. They are holding discussions presently with the ambassador in the USA (New York) and I believe that within the next couple of weeks, they will be here to sign a memorandum of understanding with us,” he said.
The PM also highlighted the government’s decision to jointly purchase the Stanford Cricket Ground with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as one that would complement the arrival of the WSA.
“Even the facility that we are partnering here with West Indies Cricket Board would provide the type of international facility in which we could attract international teams here. I am also hoping too, that maybe within the region, we could have our own or even if it’s a local league, but we need to have something similar to what Stanford had,” Browne said.
“A nice twenty20 league, something as exciting and no disrespect to the CPL but clearly, the energy and excitement with Stanford Twenty20 was superior and we would also want to replicate something of that nature right here in Antigua & Barbuda,” he added.
Browne had also announced that an investor had committed to erecting a new airport hotel which would also add to the country’s appeal as a sports tourism destination.