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Former West Indies cricketers having a hearty laugh. Front row from left are Sir Garry Sobers, Gordon Greenidge and Sir Viv Richards. Behind them from left are Richie Richardson, Ian Bishop and Desmond Haynes. In the back row are Courtney Walsh (left) and Curtly Ambrose
Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge formed what was the
most successful opening pair the West Indies have had and dominated the
game for over 13 years.
The chairman of the National Sports Council and sport consultant to the Ministry of Sport, is one of two people from the region on the 12-member advisory panel. The other is Jamaica's Michael Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Haynes, who played 116 Test matches for the West Indies cricket team, and scored 7 487 runs at an average of 42.29, said his name was submitted by the Ministry of Sport, and he was accepted.
The decision to establish CABOS was taken by Commonwealth leaders at their meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, in December 2003. It will look at ways to build on the virtues of sport to nurture talent, sharpen skills and attain goals.
CABOS will put forward recommendations to Commonwealth Sports Ministers on policies and programmes to encourage a healthy lifestyle and help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop their skills and work prospects.
Commonwealth secretary-general Don McKinnon who will open the meeting says: "Sport empowers young people by teaching them about team spirit, discipline and endurance. It promotes a level playing field and offers positive role models to emulate.
"Bringing together some of the best sport experts in the Commonwealth, CABOS will be able to tap into the huge potential sport represents to create new opportunities," he added.
Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport in the United Kingdom, the current chair of the
Commonwealth Sports Ministers, welcomed the new body: "Having chaired the Ministerial meetings, I know how much the Commonwealth has to offer to sport.
"There is a wealth of experience and knowledge throughout the Commonwealth, and CABOS will help member countries make the most of sport's capacity to change lives. Be it improving people's health, raising children's educational standards, youth leadership or bringing communities together - sport can do it all."
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