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CONCACAF Statement
August 22, 2013
CONCACAF Statement

The Football Federation of El Salvador has recently announced that they have temporarily banned 22 players for a period of 30 days as a provisional disciplinary measure in order to provide the best environment to conduct an in-depth investigation on alleged match manipulation incidents...

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July 18, 2011
The Bahamas junior girls finish fourth in Puerto Rico

A separate program is needed in order to develop and prepare the country's junior players for higher level of competition, revealed Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) President Lawrence Hepburn yesterday.

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July 15, 2011
BBF facing gym issues ahead of CBC Championships

Just eight days before the official tip-off of one of the biggest regional basketball tournaments, set to be held in The Bahamas, the main venue for play is still not ready.

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July 03, 2013
BBF releases statement on recently completed championships

The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) does not condone and deeply regrets the actions of the Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL) at the recently completed 11th Annual Andre Rodgers BBF Championships. The championships were held June 20-23, in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The BBF statement read: "It is most unfortunate what occurred, and as far as the BBF is concerned, did not have to happen had cooler heads prevailed. We wish to state the facts as they transpired over the weekend leading up to this most unfortunate state of affairs..."

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CONCACAF Congratulates Sonia Bien-Aime for her FIFA position
June 13, 2013
CONCACAF Congratulates Sonia Bien-Aime for her FIFA position

Executive Committee Co-opted.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football today congratulated Sonia Bien-Aime for being voted into the FIFA Executive Committee in a co-opted position. Bien-Aime was welcomed into the highest ranks of soccer’s governing body on Friday, May 31 at the 63rd FIFA Congress in Mauritius...

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CONCACAF Names DataFactory Official Statistical Service Provider
July 08, 2013
CONCACAF Names DataFactory Official Statistical Service Provider

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced a strategic partnership with DataFactory, naming the company the official provider of statistics for the Confederation.

“In DataFactory we have found a strategic partner that can provide us with an innovative statistics product, complete with user friendly interfaces structured to give fans relevant and immediate information during games,” said Enrique Sanz, General Secretary of CONCACAF. “This information will also be instrumental for our Technical Study Group (TSG) in their detailed analysis of our games and tournaments...”

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Incumbent BOC President Miller not Worried About 'rumors'
April 11, 2013
Incumbent BOC President Miller not Worried About 'rumors'

Days before executive members in the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) head to the polls, president Wellington Miller tried to clear the air on a number of matters. Miller said he is not listening to anything on the "rumor mill" and is asking persons to not spread or create stories, especially without...

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Knowles Optimistic Softball and Baseball Can Return
April 09, 2013
Knowles Optimistic Softball and Baseball Can Return

With only one spot available for inclusion into the 2020 Olympic program, the sporting disciplines of baseball and softball have joined forces in an attempt to be re-instated for the biggest sporting competition in the world. They were both voted off the Olympic program, following the 2008 Olympic Games...

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March 12, 2013
Boxing Organizations Sign on With Anti-Doping Body

The connection between the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) and sports entities around the country is getting cemented. On Saturday, key items on the agenda of the symposium organized by the Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB), was the signing of...

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Gold Cup Magnifies United Nations HIV Prevention Awareness Crusade
July 08, 2013
Gold Cup Magnifies United Nations HIV Prevention Awareness Crusade

In support of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will reach out to the football community throughout the 2013 Gold Cup tournament in a pledge to ensure they protect themselves and lead healthy and productive lives.

“CONCACAF is keen to partner with the United Nations in the framework of our social responsibility initiatives throughout this edition of Gold Cup,” said CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Jeffrey Webb. “We deem it important to extend our support to UNAIDS’ main objective of expanding HIV prevention messages to the football family towards a healthier society, for football is passion and health...”

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March 13, 2013
The Bahamas to Host the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

First Ever Caribbean Host Nation to Welcome Regional Qualifying Tournament for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup at the New Beach Soccer Facility in Nassau, May 8-12
MIAMI (Monday, March 11, 2013) - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the Bahamas Football Association and Beach Soccer Worldwide announced today that The Bahamas will host the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, the qulalifying competition for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, May 8-12, at the recently opened beach soccer facility in Nassau.

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November 24, 2011
Cornish Bows Out Of BVF Presidential Race

A strong foundation where the growth and development of athletes can be built upon, is what president of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF) Don Cornish said he's leaving in place for his successor.

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Vibrant New Providence Athletic Body Necessary
November 30, 2012
Vibrant New Providence Athletic Body Necessary

There was a time in this country when associations in New Providence governed the various sporting programs throughout the country. This was understandable and a necessary part of the national building process.

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National records broken at RBC swim nationals
June 24, 2013
National records broken at RBC swim nationals

Even though a number of the top swimmers in the country were missing at this year's Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Bahamas Swimming Federation's (BSF) National Championships, the meet was still dubbed a splashing success by federation president Algernon Cargill.

Missing out on the meet were Olympians Vereance Burrows and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who had a college commitment. Vanderpool-Wallace's absence was noted but it cleared the lane for a few swimmers who had their eyes set on qualifying for top regional and international meets, to be held this summer. Along with many qualifiers, a handful of national records were broken this past weekend, at the swim meet, which was held at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Center...

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Gold Cup Magnifies United Nations HIV Prevention Awareness Crusade
July 05, 2013
Gold Cup Magnifies United Nations HIV Prevention Awareness Crusade

In support of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will reach out to the football community throughout the 2013 Gold Cup tournament in a pledge to ensure they protect themselves and lead healthy and productive lives.

“CONCACAF is keen to partner with the United Nations in the framework of our social responsibility initiatives throughout this edition of Gold Cup,” said CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Jeffrey Webb. “We deem it important to extend our support to UNAIDS’ main objective of expanding HIV prevention messages to the football family towards a healthier society, for football is passion and health..."

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July 26, 2011
Caribbean Basketball Championships now underway

The Caribbean Basketball Confederation has announced that it is in receipt of intentions to participate in the 2011 CBC Senior Men and Women Championships in Nassau, Bahamas from some thirteen (13) National
Member Federations. The event is set for July 25th to August 5th in Nassau, Bahamas.

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BBF checking to do list
July 23, 2011
BBF checking to do list

Bahamian basketball officials were given a to do list that needs to be completed before the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships (CBC) tip off today.

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April 29, 2011
Four new judges for BBFF

The four new Bahamian certified international judges will get their first test, locally, at the annual Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s (BBFF) Novice Championships.
Trevor Bethel, Simone Sawyer, Derrick Bullard and Maurice Hall will be among the field of judges at the June 4 championships, set to take place in New Providence. President Danny Sumner confirmed that the quartet recently received their international certification from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), after sitting the exam last year at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding Championships. “We are pleased to announce that these four persons were ab ...

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September 23, 2014
Defenders, Vixens win on opening night

The New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) commenced its 2014 season with two tough games on Sunday night at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.
In the women's division, the Johnson's Lady Truckers took down the defending champion Scottsdale Vixens in five sets (25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 15-5), and in men's action, the Scotiabank Defenders managed to edge out the Technicians also in five sets (19-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-19 and 15-7).
"After Sunday night's performances I think that we're going to have a very competitive season, especially in the men's division, because even though the number of teams dropped from eight to five, we had players that joined forces with other teams to help strengthen them," said Vince Smith, NPVA's president.
"In the women's division we are looking to implement a feeder system. You are going to have three high level teams, as well as three junior teams. Two of the teams are made up mostly of school kids and that's going to help our school programs, as well as the junior national team that travels next year. Getting them on the court can also help the senior national team as well."
Prior to the season, decorated head coach and North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) instructor Augusto Sabbatini held development practices at D.W. Davis Gymnasium to work with some of the junior and senior players.
"Coach Sabbatini is here on call from the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and NORCECA and his job is to help develop the sport of volleyball in the Caribbean region," Smith added. "He is on loan to The Bahamas for a one-month period and what we decided is while he is here, we are going to take full advantage of it."
Smith feels that the implementation of the feeder system, along with the strengthened teams in the men's division, should be able to bring new fans to the gym.
"Our first night was a very good showing as we saw a lot of new faces, which means as a result of the level of play, we are hoping that the fans would get the caliber of volleyball that they pay to see. Based on the two games played we know that fans are going to be thrilled to come and watch some competitive volleyball.
"With the school kids making up a greater portion of the women's division, we know that family members and friends will come out to support their young ones. So we are looking forward to that and creating a fun and safe environment that makes them feel comfortable coming out to the gym."
NPVA action continues on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. In the opening game, COB will take on the Lady Technicians, while the Warriors will clash with the Intruders in the second game.

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September 05, 2014
BBF seeking help with 2015 'Summer of Thunder' tournament

Two weeks ago, the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium was flooded with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball fans from the United States that came to watch their teams play in the Bahamas Basketball Federation's (BBF) "Summer of Thunder" tournament.
This year's tournament had a record number of 29 teams participate and received national television coverage from two major networks in the U.S., but despite the success of the event, organizer of the tournament, Sean Bastian, feels that there is much more work to do.
"We are hoping that ESPN will sign a full-time agreement to do all of the games and not just the big ones. This tournament has a lot of potential to bring visitors to these shores, and I feel that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Ministry of Tourism need to sit down with the federation or myself and see how they can assist. When you look at the 14 teams and what they left economically with the hotels, ground transportation and food, they left about a million dollars here. All this happened in just three weeks, but my goal for the tournament is to have it for three months," said Bastian.
"I also want to take this thing to the Family Islands, so that the young kids there will have a chance to have the same experience. There were a lot of old ball players that came up to me during the 'Summer of Thunder' saying that they wished they had something like this in their time. It's a chance to go up against and rub shoulders with future NBA players and a chance to give our players exposure."
Although several teams have already confirmed their attendance for next year, Bastian has several concerns that could hurt the future of the tournament.
"My main concerns are with the facilities. Kendal Isaacs has bleacher seating, which is not comfortable to watch a game. Secondly, you can't sell a bleacher, but you can sell a seat. There were some other things as well, but in all we just need a new facility. I would really like to connect with one of the ministries and see what we can do," said Bastian.
"I already have new ideas for the tournament but I definitely need the sponsor to ensure that it is done the right way."
The tournament was first introduced in 2009 and only featured one foreign team. Each year since there has been an increase in the amount of teams participating.

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April 15, 2011
Sports in Brief

CYCLING

JR TEAM OFF

* THE Bahamas Cycling Federation will have a five-member team in Miami, Florida competing in a two-day meet to help groom them for future international meets.

The team is comprised of Roy Colebrooke Jr., Anthony 'Biggie' Colebrooke, Antinece Simmons, Justin Minns and Petron Lightbourne.

Federation president Roy Colebrooke and New Providence Cycling Association's president Barron 'Turbo' Musgrove will travel as the manager and coach.

CRICKET

BAHAMAS FAILED TO QUALIFY

* THE Bahamas men's national cricket team failed to qualify for the playoffs at the International Cricket Council Division II Tournament that was played in Surinam.

After posting a 2-1 ...

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September 21, 2011
Still no word

Young female volleyball players continue to train, despite not knowing when they will compete in the Junior Caribbean Volleyball Championships (JCVC).
The biennial volleyball tournament caters to national teams from around the region. It was postponed because no country under the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association's (CAZOVA) umbrella agreed to host the female championships. The junior men's tournament was held in Jamaica, July 21-28. The Bahamas placed sixth overall.
Executives in the governing body for the sport in the country, the Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF) encouraged the squad to continue training, stating that a window of opportunity is still there.
"I heard from the CAZOVA president, who told me that hosting is a problem, because of the economic downturn worldwide," said Joseph Smith, first vice president in the federation. "A lot of countries are bowing out.
They just can't sustain it, financially.
"The original host was Jamaica. They turned around and said they couldn't do both, and was opting out of both, but they went to their government and was able to host one. They are still in the process of trying to find a host for the women. But no country has stepped forward as yet, because these tournaments are becoming very expensive. But there is a window, from this date to January."
If the championship is canceled, the BVF plans to send the squad to several tournaments. Smith said it is the plan to keep the girls together, even though they are not affected directly. He said that the junior program is in a rebuilding stage ever since the age was changed.
He added: "Not going doesn't mean that they won't be going anywhere. I am still working with Jason and, hopefully, they can get a tournament in before the end of the year. (It's) at least a yardstick to see where they are at.
"When you are rebuilding, it will take you about two or three years to do so successfully. You don't have that leeway in the juniors like that, because they are constantly changing the age. So every time they drop the age, the junior athletes become inactive when they become 18 years old. That is more detrimental to the sport than traveling. I will say the age change hurt us more because you have to continue to rebuild."
Training sessions for the female team is held at the DW Davis gymnasium, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. The developmental program is headed by Jason Saunders, who is assisted by Shedrick Forbes and Kurtwood Green Sr.

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September 21, 2011
BBF IN BASEBALL PLAYERS' GOV'T SUBVENTION TALKS

By RENALDO DORSETT

Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

BASEBALL in the Bahamas has experienced a resurgence in recent years with milestones at both the local developmental and international level. Now the local governing body seeks assistance for their elite athletes in the sport.

With the ascension of Antoan Richardson to the Major Leagues, the Bahamas Baseball Federation has engaged in dialogue to add baseball players to the list of athletes receiving subvention from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

BBF president Craig Kemp said the BBF would make formal declaration to the Ministry in the near future to offer financial assistance to the federation's elite athletes.
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October 28, 2011
BBF to elect new officers

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

ONE of the most high profile sporting federations in the country is set to usher in a new era this weekend when they stage elections for a new executive board.
The Bahamas Basketball Federation is expected to welcome a new group of elected officers when they host elections at the Kendal Isaacs Gym on October 29.
Vying for the top post of president will be candidates Charlie "Softly" Robins, Edgar Pickstock and Randy Cunningham.
Robins, nationally renowned as a player in his prime and as a coach and administrator, said his platform will have a central focus on expanding the game of basketball to a wider demographic, including a yout ...

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April 12, 2011
Jones-Fry set to compete this weekend

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

HAVING abandoned her quest to secure her professional card through the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, Dawnita Jones-Fry has decided to pursue it through the World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation.

This weekend, she will be competing in her second show in the Canada based WBFF when they launch their initial campaign in the United States at the Fitness Atlantic Championships at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Jones-Fry, who leaves town on Thursday for Saturday's competition, said she's eager to get on the stage for her first show for the year and the first for the WBFF that is headed b ...

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February 27, 2012
Challenging work load facing Sports Authority

The Bahamas Sports Authority has been officially operating since the beginning of this month. The authority started off under the gun and the pressure is not going to lessen anytime soon.
The field at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium will prove to be a huge hurdle the authority has to clear. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard appears inclined to let the Sports Authority do its job without interference. When the general election dust clears, if Maynard is still in place, there will no doubt be continuity in how he deals with the all important sports body.
If someone else ends up in the sports minister's seat, hopefully there will be full recognition that the best way ahead is to ensure that those who coordinate the Sports Authority can do so comfortably.
Whatever the case though, the embryonic period for the Sports Authority is going to be incredibly challenging and the road beyond looks equally daunting. It's a brutal portfolio that the authority has been saddled with. All the government facilities are under the jurisdiction of the authority. The accumulation of demanding situations will be awesome. Today, I just want to focus on the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The field that is the anchor section of the facility is not a good one. Minister Maynard recently made the frank admission that while the field looks good from afar, close-up you easily notice the bad patches and the infestation of ants.
There is another problem. Some of the watering apparatuses have been installed inside of the playing area. Yes, right where players will be running at full steam, there is a covered spigot. It's dangerous and by no means, will the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) qualify the field as is.
The truth be told, more than cosmetic work needs to be done to bring the field up to FIFA standard. Infrastructural work is necessary. The cost will be prohibitive. It's looking more and more like the powers-that-be should decide to go for broke one time and install synthetic turf. Sure, there is the initial turf installation cost, but for the long run, that's the way to go. Even if the field, as it currently is, can be fixed to the satisfaction of FIFA, the ongoing servicing will be constantly problematic.
Right out of the blocks this is the staggering challenge that confronts the Sports Authority. Multiply that with the labor and maintenance needs of the National Stadium and the other facilities; having to deal on a day-to-day basis with the federations that use the areas for competition, and one gets a very clear picture of what the authority is up against.
This is why I've suggested in this space that Chairman Leroy Archer and Deputy Chairman Anton Sealey must have free reins. They need to be able to function independently, despite the portions of the Sports Act that refer to the sports minister. The great workload they have been mandated to handle is challenging enough.
To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at fredericksturrup@gmail.com

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February 27, 2012
New national stadium officially opened!

Tears of joy streamed down the faces of many Bahamians on Saturday evening as they watched the spectacular show staged, for the opening of the country's first state-of-the-art sports facility, in amazement. Thousands poured into the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Saturday, wanting to be a part of the historic event.
For many years now, athletes past and present were lobbying for an arena which would set them apart from their regional counterparts, like their performances in various sporting disciplines, and the construction of the stadium is said to be the edge that will be needed to further propel the country forward.
While the fireworks lit up the sky, and Bahamians stood proud, the country's best athletes including the trail blazers and those still carrying the torch, shouted out with glee, "finally". Olympic icon Pauline Davis-Thompson viewed it as "a vindication for all of the sporting persons", who came before her and those standing and still competing now. She said: "The Bahamas should stand proud and tall, as we understand that there were people who came before us and sacrificed many things to make this dream come true. The Bahamas is now recognized as one of the sporting powers in the world, but more importantly, the people of The Bahamas recognized us for what we have been doing. The Government of The Bahamas has recognized what we have been doing by rewarding us with such a beautiful arena."
The four-hour ceremony featured Bahamian athletes, musicians, dancers and icons. The event, broadcasted live, gave Bahamians from around the country an opportunity to share in the moment. International leaders, including representatives from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), regional sporting heads and giants, were on hand to watch the ceremony, which was done at an approximate cost of $600,000 to the government.
The national facility, named after Thomas Augustus Robinson, is a gift to The Bahamas from the People's Republic of China. It seats 15,000 and will be the home of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) and the Bahamas Football Association (BFA). Robinson was the sole competitor for The Bahamas on the world stage for many years. He competed in four Olympic Games, starting in 1956. Two years later, he won gold at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, in Cardiff, Wales. The gold medal performance was accomplished in the 220 yards. Robinson also won a silver in the 100 yard dash.
When the British Empire and Commonwealth Games were hosted in 1962 and 1964, he claimed a silver in the 100 yard dash. At the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, held in 1962, Robinson won a gold medal in the 100 yard dash.
It was these achievements among others, in which, the grand celebration was held. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said: "Tonight, we celebrate. We celebrate the embodiment of our Bahamian spirit and our Bahamian pride in Thomas Augustus Robinson in whose name and honor we dedicate this new national stadium. Tommy, you make us all proud to be a Bahamian. You are a sprinter by training. Yet you are also a marathon man as demonstrated by your considerable contributions to national development, and in helping to bring to fruition, the dream of this day. Tommy, you have fought the good fight. You are finishing the race with the very style and grace you exhibited in representing your country in four Olympiads. You have kept the faith.
"Tonight, we also celebrate Bahamian athletes, past and present. Tonight we celebrate a new day for athletics in fields of endeavor and competition such as baseball, basketball, soccer, American football, swimming, diving, tennis, cycling and other sports. We are delighted that this new athletic and cultural center will host major regional and international events like jazz and reggae festivals as well as other musical and special events. Fellow Bahamians at home and those joining in this celebration from overseas, tonight we celebrate the very essence of who we are as a people. We celebrate our Bahamian identity and nationhood."
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said the construction of the national stadium "creates real opportunities for The Bahamas to extend an invitation to the world to practice, compete and enjoy the best of the islands of The Bahamas." He believes that key to sustaining growth, is the state-of-the-art facility.
The preparation process for the official opening did not go without hiccups which resulted in many becoming critics of the current government. Many believed that the price tag for the opening was too high, especially since millions will be spent on the overall re-development of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex.
"The government is spending over $50 million in and around this site starting with the commissioning of a comprehensive master plan of the 400-plus acres around this stadium," revealed Maynard. "The IBS group, a Bahamian Civil Engineering group, whose principals are Nick Dean and Kevin Sweeting, completed the design of a multiuse sports and recreation compound in record time. We are now well into the execution of phase one of this master plan which has created a lot of what you would have seen on your way here, and a lot of what you cannot see that makes this stadium functional."
Maynard is promising that work will begin on the new state-of-the-art internationally certified Hot Rod complex by the end of next month.

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December 09, 2014
The Bahamas set to stage the next two world relays

As it appears, the 2017 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships is set for The Bahamas as well.
The inaugural event in May of this year was held in New Providence at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and the 2015 version is set for that venue as well. The IAAF has decided to stage the world relays on a biennial basis following the 2015 event, and it has now been confirmed that the 2017 championships are coming to The Bahamas.
"Here it is, we won the first three installations of the IAAF World Relays, and that is a very high honor for The Bahamas," said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson. "We went up against other countries like Qatar and Kuwait, who obviously have greater resources than we do, so we are very pleased to say, that we won the bids to host the first three.
"We held the first one successfully, and I just returned from Monaco two weeks ago, where we negotiated 2015 and 2017. Now that those are done, we look forward to going even deeper with the tradition, so that one day we will be considered the home of the IAAF World Relays."
For the off year in 2016, Minister Johnson says that his ministry plans on hosting a smaller scaled down event, but it is not confirmed as yet.
The Bahamas' only medal at the inaugural world relays was a silver medal in the men's 4x400 meters (m) relay. That team consisted of LaToy Williams on lead-off leg, Demetrius Pinder running second, Chris "The Fireman" Brown on the third leg, and Michael Mathieu anchoring. Williams, Pinder and Mathieu are from Grand Bahama, and Brown hails from Eleuthera.
The IAAF is the international governing body for the sport of athletics and has a total of 212 member federations. The local affiliate body is the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA).

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September 04, 2014
Gymnasts make history at Pan Am Championships

The Bahamas Gymnastics Federation (BGF) made history this summer as it competed in the Senior Pan Am Championships for the very first time August 25 to September 1 in Mississauga, a small town outside of Toronto, Canada.
The team consisted of three gymnasts: 20-year-old Simone Hall, 19-year-old Toneka Johnson and 17-year-old Kianna Dean. They were accompanied by coaches Trevor Ramsey and Alexandra "Muffy" Deal.
The trio, comprised of level eight and nine gymnasts, went up against some of the best in the world, as all of the other competitors were level 10 or elite level gymnasts.
Over 700 athletes from 24 nations around the Caribbean and the Americas competed in the event that served as a qualifier for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Although their squad was outclassed, BGF President Barbra Thompson said that she was pleased that her gymnasts chose to attend the prestigious event.
"I'm very proud of what they did, and I think the country should be very proud of them as well. They were competing against more experienced athletes, and even though they did not finish on top, they did well based on their level of training. I really wish I was there to see them in action," said Thompson.
Prior to the championships, the trio completed a two-week training program at Branch Gymnastics in Michigan. Coach Ramsey considers the past few weeks a real eye opening experience for the young women and hopes that it helps them going forward.
"I think that they did a very good job and handled themselves with the utmost professionalism, even though it was very challenging going against the high level athletes. I think this is the first competition of this level that they have attended, and now that they're back home after the experience, they can really analyze where they want to take their gymnastics careers. I personally hope that they continue to stick with it," said Ramsey.
The BGF does not know whether or not the athletes have been invited to the 2015 Pan Am Games as yet, as the announcement of the list of qualifiers will be made sometime in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the federation has shifted its focus to putting together both a junior and senior national team.
"Were putting these teams together to try and give our gymnasts as much opportunities as we can. The girls that competed serve as coaches as well in our Nassau Nastics program and we hope that they will serve as the leaders that the younger athletes look up to," said Thompson.
Ramsey said: "This has been a process that has been going for a while, and right now we are really close to getting it done. We should have a final word on this very shortly."
The gymnastics calendar will begin to pick up again in October, when Nassau Nastics begins its season. The club will also travel abroad to a few international competitions before the year is out.

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Bodybuilding Championships in 3 weeks
May 06, 2010
Bodybuilding Championships in 3 weeks

What is generally regarded as the most exciting event on the BBFF's calendar, and arguably one of the more exciting events in local sports, is less than three weeks away.

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