Cricket festival to bring Dominican culture to Guadeloupe

Paul hope to introduce cricket to all Guadeloupeans
Paul hope to introduce cricket to all Guadeloupeans

Dominicans living in Guadeloupe are getting ready to host the first cricket festival which will bring about 50 Dominicans to the shores of the neighboring French Island.

The event is expected to take place during the Easter weekend.

Maymont Paul, President of the Dominica-Guadeloupe Association, told Dominica News Online that the festival is being held as a way of exposing Dominica’s culture to Guadeloupe.

“We think it was wise to have a cricket festival because as a child we knew cricket, it was part of our culture,” he said. “So we think that it would be wise to bring our culture to Guadeloupe because cricket is not known in Guadeloupe. But if we learn cricket in Guadeloupe there will be better cooperation between Dominicans and the people of Guadeloupe and we can play together.”

According to him, Dominicans expected for the festival include Billy Doctrove, Mervin Thomas and Clyde Pierre Louis from the Dominica Cricket Association.

Paul noted that the event will provide the opportunity for Gaudeloupeans to learn and play the sport.

He said the event will bring the sport to all, including children.

“We are also going to bring cricket across to the schools and the clubs and to all nationals,” he stated.

Paul pointed out that the event is taking place with the assistance of the Dominica Cricket Association, Discover Dominica, the Government of Dominica and mayors of several French towns.

The Dominica-Guadeloupe Association has been in existence for 16 years and aims to integrate and unite Dominicans living in Guadeloupe.

Paul stated that the Association undertakes various social and sporting activities which brings Dominicans together.

He also said the Association has been helping Dominicans in Guadeloupe in many different ways.

“Ninety-nine percent of Dominicans living in Guadeloupe are doing well,” Paul also said. “They are achieving and working and contributing positively to the country. We believe in integration and members of our association will continue doing the work that we have to. We help our Dominican nationals when they are in trouble or when they can no longer help themselves.”

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19 Comments

  1. rick
    April 11, 2014

    paul where in Guadeloupe 99% of dominicans doing well?

  2. Dominica First
    April 11, 2014

    Great move, I like it, I really like it

  3. shala
    April 11, 2014

    alu doe tired talk on de sha man

  4. REVOLUTIONARY
    April 11, 2014

    Exile one,Grammacks,bill o men,Ophelia etc did build a solid link in Music so why not in Sports

  5. REVOLUTIONARY
    April 11, 2014

    great move,will surely increase the respect for Dominicans in Guada,and bring a closer link

  6. Simply the Truth
    April 11, 2014

    Oh yes! Cricket lovely cricket. It is a good sport. Hope it will assist integration of Guadeloupians and Dominicans to live in harmony and peace. Sports contribute to that. Good luck in your endeavour. I expect it will be an annual festival.
    In future, it could also be brought to Martinique. When I resided in Dominica the French from Guadeloupe and Martinique would visit Dominica for the weekend. I met some of them especially at the Aquatic Club when friends and I would go there. They love Dominica and its people. The more, if everyone conducts themselves in an appropriate manner.
    From my experience, the French are nice people. They did not speak much English and I could not speak much Patois – Creole but we understood each other. As you know, the French Creole language is different to ours, Patois as it was called in those days.
    Dominicans should do their utmost to get along with them and vice versa. Both have so much in common. They are our sister island neighbors, one on each side of Dominica. I love to talk about this and also boast about it.
    I expect the festival will be a success. Family and friends could travel with the team to Guadeloupe to also cheer them on. The next country to host this festival, as an inter-island one, could be Dominica. Keep it up.

  7. LOVE THE TRUTH
    April 11, 2014

    Am sorry but i donot know where the Government is helping in this cricket festival. that is not TRUE

  8. trouble
    April 10, 2014

    I hope he is sincere with what he has in mind, if not and he is just fooling people, he will get caught and God will punish him for deception. I know a lot of countries don’t know nothing about cricket, even people in the United states don’t know about cricket.

  9. Good move
    April 10, 2014

    African queen don’t you think this is a good move? Politics or not any form of integration between one island and the next can only be positive.
    Why are you so bitter then you claim to be African Queen.?
    Learn to love and value the work of others…. Cricket is a cherished game by all West Indians more so Dominicans, which can help bring people together.
    Rosie Douglas lived and died trying to foster a union between Guadeloupe and Martinique but with persons like you and your mentality, I can understand why he barely succeeded.
    If you find a cricket festival has to do with politics, play with one blue ball and one red ball and the ball that loses first will decide who wins an election in Dominica.. sort….

    Have you examined the benefits of such an exchange.. shallow-minded.

  10. GWADAMAN
    April 10, 2014

    This is a very good thing, i will be present myself to add my support, we need more of these social activities, to bring us together as dominicans in Guadeloupe,African queen u are full to the brim with politics, if u knew this man u would not have made such a foolish statement, he is a sincere man, believe me no politics involved there, one love everybody

  11. DANZIGER
    April 10, 2014

    @ african queen, leave politics alone. Lets talk about sports cause I Danziger will be there so you are welcome. We all love Dominica.

  12. ##Dominica.#
    April 10, 2014

    I am Dominican and a Frenchie Too???????????????????????????????????????????????????????/.

  13. Jefferson Paul
    April 10, 2014

    Linking one country to the other is a great incentive.
    Keep up the work you’ve started.

  14. Anonymous
    April 10, 2014

    yes bro good work keep it up

  15. african queen
    April 10, 2014

    This association only operates when election is near. This man is all about politics, he care nothing about dominicans. Politics ,politics politics. he did not even state where in Guadeloupe this is hoping to take place. Paul stop that none sense. Watch his face. Just fooling people

    • Simply the Truth
      April 10, 2014

      Here goes another negative person. When will all this negativism cease?
      How could you make such a statement? Can you prove what you stated is correct?
      In addition, you are accusing him of being political. Is everything for you have to be politics and to do with politics?

    • Cyrique
      April 11, 2014

      Fantastic! It’s often said that sports is a unifying source. In this case perhaps we should get all the political parties to participate. This should be fun! Cricket lovely Cricket!

  16. Dominican Uk
    April 10, 2014

    bring it to them, they need to know that we have a strong culture not only in sports but in cuisine

  17. Oh Yes
    April 10, 2014

    Excellent move

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