Final draft of sports policy being prepared

POSTED: 09/20/11 12:11 PM

St. Maarten – Proposals from the various sports organizations and enthusiasts who attended part two of the Sports conference initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport on Saturday will be incorporated into a final draft of the Sports Policy in the coming days. Some 45 people attended the event which has been described as “very positive and productive”.

The participants worked in five break out groups that was led by a facilitator and had a rappatuer who told the rest of the participants about their recommendations.
“We will integrate the relevant proposals coming out of the discussions into the present policy document and also update the statistical data. This updated version of the document will be sent to the stakeholders for their final approval,” Head of the Department of Youth and Sports Shermina Powell-Richardson said.
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, was impressed with the attendance and the level of discussions.
“For so many people to show up for this second part of the conference on a Saturday morning shows that they are indeed very interested in the future of sports on the island. I applaud that and judging from the content of the discussions, I feel confident that we’re on the right track,” Arrindell said.

The soon-to-be managing director of Sedreko, the Curacao umbrella sporting body, Silvin Cintje, was a special guest of honor at the conference. He delayed his return to Curacao specifically to be able to attend the conference on Saturday. He’d come to St. Maarten for a meeting of the Kingdom Games Steering Committee.
Cintje announced that he plans to make drafting a Sports Policy his first priority as that country also does not have such a document. He also called for more cooperation between Curacao and St. Maarten, and said it was unlikely St. Maarten would become members of the International Olympic Committee. This is based on the “unequivocal no” Curacao received because it is not a sovereign country.
“We are in the same boat,” he said.
Cijntje hopes to be invited to any follow up discussions on the policy and will return with his board if the invitation is extended.

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