Steve Stoute - CANOC President

Steve Stoute – CANOC President

by Michael Bascombe/GrenadaSports

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, November 11, 2013 (GrenadaSports) – Caribbean countries are still far apart on a proposal to relocate the headquarters of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) from London to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

The proposal was presented at the CGF’s General Assembly in Glasgow in August but delegates including from the Caribbean objected to the plan.

The controversial plan was among issues discussed at the General Assembly of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) in St Thomas last week but members were unable to take a unified position.

“Regional Vice President of CGF, Fortuna Belrose of St Lucia provided a report on the upcoming Commonwealth Games and also the proposal to relocate the CGF Headquarters, with the hope of getting a unified Caribbean. However, most Caribbean countries didn’t seem favourable and there was no unanimity on the proposal,” President of CANOC, Steve Stoute told Grenadasports.

The Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica were among countries considered for the relocation.

CANOC also reviewed reports from Toronto 2015 (Canada) and Lima 2019 (Peru) – venues for the two next editions of the Pan American Games.

Stoute said that like Toronto 2015, Lima 2019 has pledged to provide funding to help with infrastructure and coaching within NOCs, through CANOC.

He said that the Caribbean’s participation in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico next year was also discussed at the General Assembly.

“These games usually attract record number participation from the Caribbean. For instance, Barbados usually field about 200 participants in various sporting disciplines,” said Stoute.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday announced that the broadcast rights in the Caribbean for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been awarded to the CANOC Broadcasting Inc. (CBI).

Stoute said that while CBI has been awarded the rights for the Olympic Games in 2016, the plan is also to acquire broadcasting rights for the Commonwealth Games, Pan-American games and Central American and Caribbean Games.

“The Olympic Games is an important element of this new initiative but we also have to launch a public relations campaign to get the Caribbean public to buy in on the other Games.”

CBI is a company that has been formed by the NOCs and Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) across the Caribbean to purchase, monetise and manage the broadcast rights for the Olympic Games and other sporting properties.

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