Barthley says he walked away from political opportunity so he could better serve country

Zorol Barthley (second from left) receives his West Indies cap after having represented the regional squad at the under-19 level in the 70s.
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By Neto Baptiste

Popular sports administrator and businessman, Zorol Barthley, said he turned down an offer by a political party to join its ranks in 1998 simply because he did not want his efforts of trying to position Antigua and Barbuda on the global map from a sports and tourism perspective to be seen as political.

“I am apolitical so I support my country and I am all for my country. I am always looking opportunities for the advancement of my country and it leaves me with the ideal opportunity of not having to worry about who is in government, but to be able to serve, assist and to open doors for Antigua and Barbuda,” he said.

Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show at the time, Barthley did not go into the finer details of the meeting but said the event left him with a sour taste in his mouth.

“I was asked and I remember a meeting of March 25, 1998 on a Sunday, 10 am meeting, and I left the meeting very disappointed in what I heard as to how it operates behind the scene, the politics and politicians and so it is not something that caught me after that,” he said.

Barthley played International cricket for Antigua and Barbuda, the Leeward Islands and the West Indian U-19 cricket team. 

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