This disclosure came from the minister of sports in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), Hazel Brandy-Williams, who said that redeveloping sporting facilities on the island is a major priority.
She also disclosed that talks with the International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to provide assistance in constructing a track and field facility on the isle were successful.
“To date we have had successful discussion with Victor Lopez of IAAF, and he has given us a commitment that he will place high on his agenda the need for a track field facility in Nevis, and so, we are looking forward to that later in the term,” the sports minister said.
Track and field is not the only sporting discipline that will be having new or enhanced facilities. Charlestown’s popular cricketing ground, the Elquemedo Tonito Willett Park, also will be rehabilitated.
“We are in the process of undertaking some extensive rehabilitation work at the ETW Park, formerly known as Grove Park. That would include preparing the grounds, constructing a new pavilion, lights and the whole nine yards. And we are also in the process of developing other grounds,” Minister Brandy-Williams disclosed.
Grounds in the Gingerland area have already seen improvement works carried out as part of a program for enhancing communities and stimulating interest in sports.
“We feel that there has been a significant fall-off in cricket, and we believe that once we are to improve and revive the facilities, we will see a renewed interest by the sports enthusiasts and the young people,” posited the NIA sports minister.
Brandy-Willaiams said the administration is looking at developing the less popular sports on Nevis. The targeted sports include football and basketball.
“Basketball is on top, as well as football. We have had discussions with representatives from FIFA, and Nevis is poised to be second in line for a football facility. They have three projects for St. Kitts-Nevis. GOAL projects 1 and 2 will be done in St. Kitts and the GOAL project number 3 will be done in Nevis,” Brant explained.
Further, she pointed to archery and taekwondo as sports being push on the island of Nevis, as non-traditional disciplines that have seen investment over the years.
The soft-spoken minister could not give the estimated costs of these projects at the time.