According Minister of Sport Shawn Richards, his ministry is focusing its attention towards sport tourism and making the initiative a reality.
Richards, who is also the country’s deputy prime minister, indicated that the Ministry of Sport would be working alongside the Ministry of Tourism to develop that sector of the economy.
“As a matter of fact, the Minister of Tourism Hon. Lindsay Grant and myself have already met, and we are looking at strategic partnerships between the Ministry of Sport and the Ministry of Tourism, to marry the activities of both so that St. Kitts and Nevis could see the benefits coming out of both,” explained Richards.
He pointed to the upcoming CARIFTA games and the hosting of matches in the Caribbean Premier League, as he recalled that this is the second occasion that the Federation would be hosting the region’s premier athletics meet, CARIFTA.
“CARIFTA itself is a major sporting event. We expect over 800 athletes to be in the Federation for CARIFTA. Following, we have the CPL games, which takes place from July 30 to August 11. For the very first time, St. Kitts will have its own franchise in the Patriots, and we are asking fans to come out and support our very own team,” said Richards.
The Federation is looking to position itself as one of the top sports countries in the region.