moment for the Caribbean
people of the Caribbean and their thousands of followers face
the biggest-ever challenge in the regions sporting history
next yearthe International Cricket Councils Cricket
It is a challenge of Herculean proportion, both on and off
the field; in essence, a test of our capacity to organise
and survive the vicissitudes that are part of life and living.
The World Cup involves planning, organisation, construction
and complexities of endeavour that span a wide spectrum never
before achieved by the regions sporting administrators.
How are we meeting these challenges?
The picture has begun to unfold that promises, when completed,
an unbelievable achievement by those given the overall task
of getting the job done and those in each of the participating
countries and their Caribbean Commonwealth neighbours, who
have contributed in large and small ways towards showing the
world that Caribbean people are capable of much more that
song and dance.
Governments throughout the Caribbean have been drawn closer
because they have had to consult with each other, to assist
those in need in doing the task set out for them in the schedule
of matches and in the framing of laws to accommodate the thousands
of worldwide visitors expected to flood the Caribbean as never
before seen in any one period.
These new laws involving immigration, customs and free movement
will see the Caribbean drawing so much closer to being one
entity, a goal envisaged for 75 years in the disparate countries.
The success of hosting the World Cup will not only enhance
the Caribbeans image on the world stage, but will stimulate
the West Indies team on the field itself.
Captain Brian Lara, even allowing for his sometimes overwhelming
pronouncements of hope, is not a man whose words are to be
taken lightly. And the Prince of Port-of-Spain says that West
Indies chances of winning the World Cup for the third
time are as good as any team.
They are really, in spite of up and down performances over
recent years. The success of our preparations for the World
Cup will, in itself, be a fillip for Lara and his men and
those who marshall the teams skill and ensure its fitness.
This newspaper is sanguine that the West Indies cricket team,
and West Indies sport in general, are on the threshold of
marvellous things that will astound the world.
The World Cup in its making could be the beginning of great
things for a people of great potential in the arts and in
Make no mistake, the Caribbean will be a far better place
as its peopleits sportsmen and sportswomen, and particularly
its administrators, whose experience, gained in the biggest
enterprise of their liveswill carry over to the good
of these wonderful islands in the sun and the wonderful, creative
people who live in them.
A word of caution: Everyone of us has a part to play
as calypsonian Valentino tells us, in the World Cup enterprise.
We must show off our islands in all ways, as cheerful, helpful,
friendly people and as sportsmen supreme, taking the good
and the bad in stride and coming up again, ready for the good