Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith, making a point to Argentina’s Ambassador to Barbados, Ciro Luciano Ciliberto Infante, during their recent courtesy call at the Wildey Gymnasium. (Photo credit: Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment)
Barbados is looking forward to doing more in sports with Argentina.
This was conveyed to Argentina’s Ambassador to Barbados, Ciro Luciano Ciliberto Infante, when he paid a courtesy call on Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith at the Wildey Gymnasium recently.
Minister Griffith, noting that diplomatic relations between Barbados and Argentina were good, said he looked forward to doing more especially in the area of sports.
“We have always been looking for opportunities to see how we can cooperate in sports, particularly football, as Argentina is slated as the favourite going into the World Cup.”
The two countries have bilateral cooperation in sports, but Minister Griffith would like to see those ties deepened. Explaining, he stated: “We’re looking to see how we can have some of our young footballers reach the international level … and in terms of having some of your coaches come over to have an exchange between Barbados and Argentina.”
Ambassador Infante thanked Minister Griffith for his kind sentiments with respect to the footballing nation in the World Cup. He also expressed an interest in having coaches from his country come to Barbados as well.
“We have to get the specifics and establish dates and see how that is done, how many people may come here, how many people are there and different arrangements. Maybe, we could bring some Argentine coaches here to survey those coaches.
“Not only the coach but maybe one or two athletes also, so that our athletes would train along with Barbados’ sports persons so that not only the coach would be here, but at the same time having both teams Argentine and Barbados supports persons making the practice,” Ambassador Infante stated.
The two officials also discussed strengthening the current agreements, road tennis, tango dance coaching, scholarships for youth and cooking lessons from Argentine master chefs.
Barbados and Argentina established diplomatic relations on August 16,1968.
Author: Fabian Belgrave/BGIS