Former West Indies fast bowler Anthony Gray presents a bat
to Malaika Moore of Courts. Ms Moore attended the closing
ceremony of the symposium where two bats sponsored by West
Indies captain Brian Lara was drawn from among participants,
sponsors and guests who were present. Gray was one of the
facilitators and made the presentation. Photo: Lester Forde
Robertson S Henry
FIFA vice-president Jack Warner told a gathering of some
of the regions leading sports journalists that the
world has predicted failure in all areas for the West Indies
at the upcoming World Cup.
have predicted for us to fail on the field of play, and
they also want us to fail off the field of play.
He blasted the organisers for the marketing of the events,
labelling it as atrocious since the event was
government funded, so they do not have to worry about money.
they had to pick up the tab, then they would have been marketing
the event as a religion, Warner thundered from the
According to Warner, excellence in T&T is a bad word;
We even have a Centre for it.
Warner then sunk his teeth into the many shortcomings into
the overall organisation of the event. He noted that mere
weeks after the hosting of the Trinidad Carnival, there
was not a Carnival Village for persons to go to.
just mere weeks after the hosting of the Trinidad Carnival,
there is not a Calypso Tent for persons to go to.
Warner said he was disappointed that the only person who
called on his expertise and vast knowledge was the Prime
Minister of St Kitts/Nevis. We are so immersed in
politics that we fail to se the bigger picture.
He was of the firm belief that This Cricket World
Cup was thrust upon us. Some of the islands should be hosting
Cricket World Cup matches. Their monies should have been
spent to make life better for their people.
Warner said he was concerned for the thousands of persons
who will be in the Caribbean and the millions who will be
following the games in the International Cricket Council
Cricket World Cup 2007.
the world expects is much more than cricket, Warner
told a captive audience. They expect passion, they
The outspoken football official said that the world expects
to see excellence on the field and a tournament that met
He agreed with former West Indies fast bowlers Michael Holding
and Courtney Walsh that it was wrong to develop the sport
by bringing in the small countries to play alongside the
He alluded to the many countries that are not in the same
league as the top eight cricket playing countries, while
in football, all countries have to play a series of qualifying
matches in order to qualify to play in the FIFA World Cup
world expects to see other things as well, said Warner.
Will their expectations be fulfilled?
Beautiful and clean beaches, warm days, clean hotels, good
local food, cheap shopping, and local tours are some of
the expectations of the thousands of visitors to the Caribbean
for the Cricket World Cup, according to the FIFA vice-president.
expect good security, hassle free travel, and very little
trouble to get into the venue, along with the social events
around the cricket, with the regions indigenous music
being the main stay.
Warner questioned whether the hotels held seminars for their
workers to improve upon their service to guests.
In praising the organisers of Thinking Sport,
he noted that nothing was done for sports journalists.
of talking down to journalists, they should be talking to
Warner wondered if the tourists were told the truth about
the unsafe areas in our countries.
Warner added that he was vilified when he said many years
ago that the five-day version of the game at the highest
level was under threat.
cricket is dying, I maintain, not cricket, as we shall see
during the next few weeks.