Speaking on the 10th August ‘Working for You’ government information program, Richards said that athletes will display their talents on a global stage amongst the world’s best.
“It gives [the athletes] the opportunity to meet coaches who they may be able to develop relationships with, to network with fellow athletes, to look at the different styles, the different techniques used by other athletes and to make a determination as to how they themselves can perhaps adopt some of those styles, some of those techniques to better develop themselves to improve their own athletic skills,” the minister of sports said.
The national athletes will continue their quest for goal this weekend when they participate in scheduled Heats. According to team management, the athletes have been training well, and are prepared to enter the qualifying Heats.
Meanwhile, Richards said the buzz created by the team during the opening ceremony, in regards to their uniform, was priceless. The athletes wore an designed by local artiste Yakima Daniel, and it captured the attention of Essence Magazine, which rated it amongst the best uniforms that were displayed.
Richards opined, “That, of course, is publicity that I don’t know we could ever pay for.”
He added that the government invested about EC$500,000 in preparing athletes for the Rio Games. The minister said the investment was in keeping with the mandate of the Ministry of Sports and the Government as a whole, to promote the development of sports.
According to Alphonso Bridgewater, president of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic Committee, Antoine Adams will compete in the Men’s 100, 200 and 4×100 meter races, Kim Collins and Brijesh Lawrence in the Men’s 100 and 4×100 meter races, while the lone female Tamika Williams will race in the Women’s 200 meters. Jason Rogers, Lestrod Roland and Allister Clarke will participate in the Men’s 4×100 meters.