Dehring pleased with rousing start to World Cup

Guyana Chronicle
March 13, 2007

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Chris Dehring, Cricket World Cup 2007’s chief executive, has commended Jamaica’s Local Organising Committee for delivering a world class official opening ceremony to herald the start of the event Sunday.

In a message of congratulations and appreciation, Dehring said the three-hour show was “an evening that represented the very best of the Caribbean and one which was truly befitting of the Cricket World Cup”.

“They rose to the challenge magnificently and showed the talent, ability and imagination of the people of this region. It was the perfect launching pad for two months of fantastic cricket and has set a standard to which we must all live up in the coming weeks,” he noted.

“I believe it was a night on which all people of Caribbean origin were proud as millions around the world were treated to a stunning spectacle.”

Dehring, also the tournament’s managing director, praising the work of the LOC team, noting they were forced to overcome “logistical nightmares” in order to stage such a grand display.

“Their determination to produce a show of great quality never wavered and they stuck to their task admirably,” Dehring said.

“It just shows what is possible when people commit themselves to a challenge. This achievement should be wonderful inspiration for other Caribbean people to strive for even greater success on the regional and international stage.”

The opening ceremony, which took place at Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, featured several of the Caribbean’s top musical artistes and included an array of cultural presentations that reflected the region’s diverse heritage.