Arrindell exploring cooperation with Cuba

POSTED: 07/13/11 12:03 PM

St. Maarten – A delegation from Cuba is to visit St. Maarten soon to discuss cooperation in culture and sports. Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell extended the invitation for them to come during a visit to Cuba that ran from July 3 to July 9.

The Minister was in Cuba primarily for the 31st Fiesta del Caribe, which focuses on a different Caribbean island each year. This year the majority of the activities were dedicated to the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. On the sidelines of the festival Arrindell initiated talks on cooperation in sports, especially considering that Cuba has mass expertise in training athletes and coaches. She is especially enamored with the fact that Cuba begins preparing athletes from the time they are conceived and has stressed that is something that should be adopted here.

As part of the talks Arrindell visited the Sports Institute and exchanged ideas with the director and some of the staff. She also attended the opening of 2011 national interscholastic games. All this has led to a particular conclusion.

“It is not enough to compete just for the sake of competing. Sports must yield results that will uplift the nation and make its people proud. As a sports woman myself, who continues to train two volleyball teams under the United Club, I know our approach to sports must pay greater attention to training coaches as well as making sports an integral part of the curriculum while promoting interscholastic competition,” Arrindell said.

Arrindell also met the Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto and other players in the sector. Prieto has offered his country’s “human capital”. The minister plans to follow up on that offer by organizing cultural exchanges to the benefit of cultural workers here.

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