The advice came from Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as he delivered the feature address at the closing ceremony of the 16th World Council Federation Of Dominoes Championships at the Sea Rocks Dome, Maxwell, Christ Church Friday night.
“Because a game did not begin with us does not mean that we cannot take it and raise it to a level far beyond the imagination of those who originated it in the first place. We took a game called cricket and raised it to a level that those who created it could not understand. We took a game that we did not create and transformed it that it was the envy of those who brought it to us and we can do the same thing with the domino game,” said Stuart.
Speaking to a large gathering of players and officials from ten-time champions, Barbados, runners-up Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Guyana and the United States; president of the local body, Cedric Alleyne; president of the international body, Dudley Harris; and acting director of sports Neil Murrell, the Prime Minister gave an extensive history of the development of the sport worldwide and also highlighted the symbolism of how players can use the sport of dominoes to succeed in life.
The Prime Minister said while playing games we want to win, we should not make winning the end-all of playing sports. How we lose and how we behave when we lose is just as important as how we behave when we win,” the Barbados PM said.
In Sri Lanka Sunday, 14-year old English teen Jack Durand won the 120-player World Youth Scrabble Championship in which Trinidad and Tobago’s Christopher Thomas was best finisher – 36th – on his five member team. Adam Ali 57th, Alissa Noel 58th, Sophia Mohammed 65th and Clintia Simon 104th.