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|High expectations for regional baseball championship|
|Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:34|
KRALENDIJK — From July 12 to 21, 2013 Bonaire will be the host country of the regional Caribbean games for youth baseball, the ‘Serie del Caribe 2013’ in the age categories 11 and 12 years.The organization committee Serie di Karibe (Little League) consists of chairman Marlon Manuela; Deputy of Sports, James Kroon; vice-chairman, marketing and PR, Robert Sances; treasurer Yona Felida-Chirino, and secretary Helvig Thodé, will leave for Guatemala City next week Sunday to arrange the last details during a mini congress and secure the participation of as many countries as possible.
The purpose of the visit to the Central American country is to ratify the decision that Bonaire has been appointed host country by the international Little League organization and to make agreements on the participating countries. In addition to this, the intention is to promote Bonaire and attempt to have as many fans as possible come along.
The logistic part of the organization on Bonaire is already done. The organization still has the blueprint of this. Bonaire had already organized a regional championship successfully in 2008. Plaza Resort Bonaire will offer accommodation to the players, coaches and managers. Captain Don’s Habitat is reserved for delegation members and umpires. Each participating country will take along fourteen players, two coaches, two delegate members and an umpire. Rent-O-Fun is responsible for the transport.
Eddie’s Gourmandises will provide the catering.
The games will be played on the fields of La Sonrisa Ball Park and of the Bonaire Little League, behind Kolegio Reina Beatrix.
During a mini congress the host country will be appointed that is to organize the championship in two years. In 2011 twelve countries had appointed Bonaire in Puerto Rico to organize the games this year. The organization committee, appointed by the Board of Governors to make the preparations, therefore hopes all twelve countries will come to Bonaire this year, although it would already be happy to welcome ten countries. The countries that are expected for certain are: Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and Bonaire. The organization also expects Antigua and Jamaica to participate.
However, there will be certainty about participation only after the congress of next week.
The games are estimated to cost Bonaire approximately 250,000 dollars. Kroon doesn’t foresee financial problems. That money is already reserved on this year’s budget, he assured.
The business community is also interested in contributing.
The financing hadn’t been a problem in 2008 either and the organization had met all of its financial commitments. In view of the success in 2008, Kroon expects the games to be even better this year.