Barbuda athletes appeal for better accommodation

A contingent of over 30 athletes and officials from Barbuda is calling on the Ministry of Sports to rectify issues with their current living arrangements.

The party, comprising both male and female athletes, is on island competing in the ongoing schools basketball competition and will also be contesting the Coca Cola National Inter-Schools Athletics Championships which begin on Friday.

Athletics coach Maverick Weatherhead said the accommodations at the Barrymore Hotel are less than adequate.

“We need more rooms because we have to be putting too (many) people in one room and we (are) actually ram-packed,” he said.

“It’s the water trouble that’s point blank and we have young ladies there and they need to actually know that we care more about them. The other issue we are having as well is that the health of the place is bad. When the water comes on one time in the day, we don’t have any more water, so we have to be catching water in buckets and that’s bad,” he added.

Weatherhead, a former national sprinter, said that up to late Wednesday morning, the group was still awaiting a response from the Ministry of Sports.

“We brought the issues to them (Ministry of Sports) last night (Tuesday) and we brought the issues to them this morning (Wednesday) but we haven’t received any phone call as yet. We are actually frustrated right now because the kids are complaining about their comfort and it’s not really about us (the adults) because I already know the situation, but the kids are complaining about their comfort,” he said.

When contacted, Director of Sports, Heather Samuel, said she was not in a position to comment on the issue.

The 32 student athletes, ages 12 to 17, will be on island until next Tuesday.

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