Barbados Free Press Reader Has Concerns About Water And Spectators’ Health
My wife and I attended the 3Ws Oval on Monday for the Sri Lanka vs Scotland game. On arrival at the security entrance our non alcoholic drinks which were contained in unlabelled plastic bottles were confiscated; apparently this was a security measure since we could harm ourselves or others with these bottles. We were informed that soft, non-carbonated were available for sale at stalls inside the ground.
Unfortunately, the drinks available were only water, alcoholic or carbonated. We had purposely bought fruit juice drinks with us as my wife does not drink carbonated drinks. It meant that throughout the day she was restricted to drinking water as no non-carbonated drinks were on available.
Cup Of Water: 3 Dollars
We were disgusted to find that we were required to pay BDS$3 for a small cup of iced water. If the restriction on bringing your own drinks into the grounds is purely for security reasons, surely, for health reasons, some way for people to get free water should be provided.
Dehydration can cause serious problems and a lot of adults don’t stop to think how it can affect us. My wife purchased 2 cups of water during the day. By the time we got home she could hardly walk as she felt so light-headed and had to retire to bed early. She had obviously not had enough to drink, and is not used to the climate.
I hope the organizers have thought about the medical care people who don’t drink enough are likely to need during the world cup games. People need to be encouraged to drink as much as possible in the heat as most visitors may not be accustomed to the climate in the Caribbean.
Has anyone balanced the so-called security risk of not allowing plastic bottles, against the health risk to hundred of people who do not have enough to drink?
Throughout the day we noticed some customers in the stands with plastic bottles. (photo available if required). If this restriction were a security measure how come some customers were allowed to have these bottles?
One other consideration; we attended the opening ceremony of Kensington Oval on 17th February where we were allowed to take in our own drinks. Even so, there were long queues to get food and drinks. If no-one is allowed to take in their own drinks, and have to queue every time they want a cup of drink, will the refreshment providers really be able to cope. There would need to be far more facilities available than there was on the 17th February.
Can the organisers please explain exactly what security risk plastic bottle actually have and assure us that urgent attention will be given to addressing this problem? Alternatively, as plastic and glass bottles, tins or cans or any branded drinks are banned from Cricket World Cup 2007 venues, can the organisers please advise how we can carry our own drinks into the venues?
This issue has also been raised on the Reuters website dated today by people in Trinidad. (link here)
It is interesting how The Nation has not expanded on this issue since their article on Monday 05th March where they mentioned the banning of plastic bottles but no mention of the price of water; so somehow we need to ensure that the local and international community are aware of this before the competition proper gets underway next week.