National Sports Awards postponed

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The Vita Malt National Sports Awards, which were slated for the end of May has evidently been postponed to a now unspecified date.
Officials in the Ministry of Sports are being tightlipped over the matter with Minister of Sports, EP Chet Greene, promising to update OBSERVER media this week as to when the annual event will be held.
The awards, originally scheduled for March of this year, were first postponed to the end of May and although reports had said the event could take place as late as June, Greene had denied those claims, reaffirming his ministry’s intent on having the awards in May.

Swimming’s Lleyton Martin (left) shows off his winnings with coach Molina Fojo following the 2016 awards. (File Photo)

Reports have suggested that the delays are due to requests from the sponsors, Vita Malt, through their agents Kennedy’s Club, who have asked that the event be delayed.
Meanwhile, information is that the Ministry of Sports is in receipt of submissions from all sporting associations as per their nominees for the various categories.
Held in March last year, athletics dominated the awards with then senior national track and field athlete Miguel Francis winning the top male prize and high-jumper Priscilla Frederick claiming the women’s equivalent of the coveted award.
Francis has since switched his allegiance to run for Great Britain after he became a British citizen three years ago.
In the junior category, young sprinter Bliss Soleyn dominated the female category while swimmer Lleyton Martin won the boy’s title.
Earlier this year, Senator and a Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Colin James, had condemned the notion of hosting the sports awards in June, honouring athletes and their outstanding performances from 2016.
According to James, the thought of having a National Sports Awards in June was not feasible with what the ministry was trying to achieve.
Suggestions are that the event could be further delayed until after the Carnival festivities in August.

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