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  • Over 300 participants from Port Authorities across the Caribbean will gather in Montego Bay from June 6 to 9 for a weekend of activities during the 12th staging of the Port Games.
  • The games are being sponsored by telecommunications company LIME, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), among other entities.
  • The engagement, which is an annual event of the Association of Sports Cultural Clubs of Caribbean Port Authorities (ASCCCPA), will be hosted by Jamaica for the second time, since 2005.

Over 300 participants from Port Authorities across the Caribbean will gather in Montego Bay from June 6 to 9 for a weekend of activities during the 12th staging of the Port Games.

The games are being sponsored by telecommunications company LIME, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), among other entities.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday, May 28, Chairman of the Planning Committee for the 2014 Port Games, Captain Hopeton DeLisser, explained that the engagement, which is an annual event of the Association of Sports Cultural Clubs of Caribbean Port Authorities (ASCCCPA), will be hosted by Jamaica for the second time, since 2005.

He said Jamaica became a member of the ASCCCPA, which was formed in 2002, when the games were held in Barbados. The precursor to the Port Games had begun some years prior, with the Barbados and St. Vincent Port Authorities meeting around the time of the Whitsuntide Holidays, to play games.

He explained that it was decided that other Port Authorities in the region should be involved, and as such Jamaica was invited to participate.

The participating countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Captain DeLisser hailed the games as vehicle for friendly relations among the regional bodies.

“The Port Games provide avenues to share information on best practices, systems and methods across Port Authorities as well as general information. It also provides opportunities for networking, camaraderie, and social and cultural interaction”, he explained.

He added that one very important aspect of the Port Games weekend is the community project. “Every year the host country is mandated to do a community project within the area that the games are being held. This year’s project is the expansion and improvement of the wash area of the St. James Infirmary. The construction is almost complete and a select group of participants will assist with the painting on June 6, after which it will be handed over,” he explained.

The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, June 6, at the Sunset Beach Resort. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy; Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie  Neita-Headley; and His Worship the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, will bring greetings.

The Port Games weekend also involves a cultural tour of the Rose Hall Great House and Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier; sports day at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex; and a social night at the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Pier.