Warner Looks For Overseas Sponsors

Date Published: 
1998-09-03
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
A1

PORT OF SPAIN, CANA -

FIFA vice-president Austin "Jack" Warner is planning to seek sponsorship outside of Trinidad and Tobago for the country's staging of the 2001 World Youth Cup, the Trinidad Express newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Warner, still disheartened by the poor response to the drive from the local business community in particular, confessed that it was the only way to go.

"We shall undoubtedly have to look for overseas sponsors,'' the Trinidadian CONCACAF chief was quoted as saying in the Express.

"At the rate we are going, I think we have to keep ourselves from simply depending on local sponsors because in my view, that will not help us enough."

A FIFA team is scheduled to fly into T&T next month to assess the readiness of the country.

Warner had threatened to shelve the series earlier this month due to what he called, "a lack of support," from both the government and business community.

This however, prompted a public outcry. And after a couple corporate citizens then indicated their interest in supporting the venture, as well as a pledge from Prime Minister Basdeo Panday that the government would be behind behind them, Warner changed his mind.