Jamaica looking to dominate CAREBACO
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica will be looking to dominate this year's Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) tournament when it serves off its larger than life event today at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology (UTech) in Papine, St Andrew.
The tournament will run until August 15. Jamaica will be represented by a squad of 71 players, 57 are juniors from the (11 to the Under-19) age groups and 14 are seniors.
"Fans and supporters can expect good competition from Jamaica. We will show our dominance in the region from the age 11 category to the under 19 and senior levels," Robert Richards, the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president, outlined.
He added that gold medal winners from the Panam Championships and local and emerging stars, along with seniors returning from the Commonwealth Games, will also put on a good show.
"I want to thank all sponsors for coming on board. Without their sponsorship the preparation and hosting of these championships would not be possible," the president added.
The JBA was given a combined sponsorship package of $4.3 million from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), National Commercial Bank (NCB) and the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) and the event seems set for big things.
"We last hosted the Championships in 2002 and are in the process of trying to rebuild CAREBACO, which has declined for many years," Richards explained.
action packed event
He invited the public to attend the opening ceremony next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and support team Jamaica each day.
"Fans can expect an action packed event this year," he outlined.
Other teams in the tournament are Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, along with the Jamrock Shuttlers club.
The junior and senior team events will run from today until the August 10th. Patrons will be allowed to watch the event free, up until the semi-finals stage and on the final day of competition, where the cost of entrance for children will be $350 and adults $500.