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Bahamian judo team travels to Florida

BOC Treasurer Rahming looking at the business side of trip

Published: Jul 24, 2013

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This week, The Bahamas’ junior judo team is traveling to Miami for two tournaments and two training camps. The total cost of moving a 27-member team for 10 days including all fees - hotels, airfare etc. is about $27,000. This trip is partially funded by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC).

"Besides being a qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games and a test for our athletes there is a business side to the trip," said BOC Treasurer and Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF) President D'Arcy Rahming.

"If The Bahamas does well you can rest assured that other countries will want to come down and participate in our open tournament thus bringing thousands of dollars to our shores."

When queried about how this adds up, Rahming said: "If we can get 100 athletes to come to our open tournament, that would mean hotel expenses for themselves and their family, plus food, air and entertainment. A good assumption is that the average athlete would travel with at least one family member and a coach. That's 300 people. If we can get them, and their families to spend $1,100 each, which is a metric used by the Ministry of Tourism, the nation would make $330,000. That's over $300,000 more entering our country than leaving it."

The BOC believes that by sponsoring high powered teams, naturally the country’s opponents would want to come to The Bahamas and test themselves against the Bahamian athletes.

“Many people from all over the world already want to come to our island paradise. If they could come for judo as well, they can further justify to themselves the trip,” said Rahming.

Rahming added that a business model is being developed by the BOC for all sporting disciplines to demonstrate the power of the business of sports and its true impact on the Bahamian economy.

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