By Neto Baptiste
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Warri Association (ABWA), Joel Carr, has been told to get his act together and get the association back on track.
This was the message from a former president of the association, Trevor Cranston, who said recent efforts by him and others to rejuvenate interest in the mind sport from an association standpoint have all yielded no results.
“We have been trying to get the warri going and I have been asking Mr Belgrove Gregory who is another person in the warri association and we have attempted to have several meetings but unfortunately some of the members have not come out. I am calling on the president Mr Joel Carr and his executive to get the meetings together so that we could get warri back on track because you know warri is one of our greatest mind sports and Antigua is the best warri playing nation in the world so I am saying here publicly, Mr Joel Carr, please pull up your socks and get the warri association back together with your executive,” he said.
Cranston, who said his intention is simply to try and motivate those in charge, revealed that there has been little to no interest from the sitting executive members to assist in the efforts.
“I love warri and you know that the King George taxi stand is an area where mind sports are played and you have warri, draughts and you have domino, but I do like the game of warri because the guys who play are my close friends and warri is a great mind sport that helps you to plan and strategize.
“Mr Belgrove Gregory, a former member of the executive, encouraged me to work along with the executive, so I have been trying my best to bring back warri but unfortunately the executive have not shown much interest,” he said.
When contacted, Carr was not is a position to comment on the issue but promised to do so at a later date.
The warri association has not held a meeting in more than five years, neither have they hosted any official tournaments.