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.”