Warner Wants Caribbean Games

Date Published: 
1998-08-05
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPORT, CANA -

PRESIDENT of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Austin "Jack" Warner is suggesting that regional heads of state should play a pro-active role in seeking to establish a Caribbean Games at which football will be one of the participating sports.

Like the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Commonwealth, Pan-American, and Olympic Games, Warner would like to see a similar event staged for the Caribbean.

Speaking at the CFU awards function at the Holiday Inn on Friday, Warner also accused governments of being "still locked in the colonial era".

He said that the CFU took a decision at its recent annual congress to request a meeting with Caribbean heads of government with a view to exposing ways in which governments can fulfill their responsibilities to provide improved facilities.

Boasting about FIFA's promise to disburse to each affiliate country, US$1 million, Warner, who is also a FIFA vice president, said "we are not coming to them for money, from next year we will have money, we may even lend them some," he joked.

"But we must make them understand that football is a catalyst for change.

"There is a nexus between football and education, and governments have a role to play.

"We will provide a sport and they should provide the facilities. What we want to do is form a partnership with them," added Warner, who is also president of CONCACAF, the governing body for football in North, Central America and the Caribbean.