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It’s not so. The National Sports Council (NSC) has dismissed claims by organisers of the G4S Masters (Over-40s) Cricket Tournament that the Government run entity is requesting a $500 fee from clubs which play matches on grounds that fall under the responsibility of the NSC.

While clearing the air in response to a statement from tournament officials who announced on Friday that it cancelled yesterday’s third round of matches because of a “new proposal which relates to the use of grounds”, NSC deputy director Neil Murrell explained it was not a new requirement and the council was merely requesting the organisers to pay public liability insurance to ensure that the NSC’s legal interests were protected.

“The essence of the issue is that organisers of the G4S Masters Cricket Tournament are playing the tournament on NSC grounds and have not paid the necessary public liability insurance which would indemnify the council against hurt, loss or damage should any unforeseen incident occur,” Murrell said in a statement.

“This really is not a new requirement. In fact, every entity that holds an event at NSC’s facilities has to take out this particular insurance and likewise the council when conducting events at other facilities e.g Inter-Parish Road Tennis finals at Springer Memorial or Christ Church Foundation Schools, National Sports Awards at Frank Collymore Hall.”

In a release, organisers of the Masters Cricket Tournament, which is now in its 37th year, said it was not clear if the fee was a one-off imposition, or if each club would be required to pay $500 whenever fixtured. It added that they would be seeking an urgent meeting with the NSC to clarify the matter.

Murrell also pointed out that when in conversation with Hensley Robinson, a member of the tournament’s organising committee, there was a query about the extent of the public liability insurance and the NSC deputy director said he was unsure about the amount, adding it could range around $500 000 to $750 000.

Murrell said he advised Robinson that it could mean the organisers would have to pay between $200 and $500, depending on what the figure was for the four-month duration of the tournament.

“This was an estimate and at no time did I even [imply] that each club would have to pay $500 to use our facilities. That would have been a ridiculous proposition. Mr Robinson told me that he would have to meet the clubs on this because the G4S organisers essentially do not have any money. At no time did he say that he had to meet with the NSC to clarify. He said he would get back to me after meeting with the teams,” Murrell said.

“The ironic aspect is that only the day before the council met with the various entities, including the BCA [Barbados Cricket Association], BCL [Barbados Cricket League], BFA [Barbados Football Association], and Masters Football that use our facilities to discuss various aspects on the use of our grounds. Masters Cricket was invited, I am told, but did not turn up for whatever reason.” (HG)


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