Sports ministry takes major budget cut

Sports ministry takes major budget cut
Peter K. Turnquest, Dept. Prime Minister. (Keval Williams/EWN)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s budget has been cut significantly for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, resulting in a major reduction in funds for all major sporting federations, associations and government agencies.

Outlined in the budget presentation by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K. Peter Turnquest, just under $19 million is earmarked for the ministry, almost $5 million less than the $24 million it received for 2019-2020.

Some of the most notable cuts include the Bahamas Olympic Committee going from $50,000 in 2019 to $40,000, elite athlete subvention went from$1,346,150 for 2019-2020 to $1,076, 920, The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) went from a budget of $332,500 to $266,000 and The National Sports Authority (NSA), the major arm of the Government of The Bahamas in charge of the maintenance and upkeep of national sporting facilities, went from $3.2 million to $2,280,000.