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You may think Darts is a past-time drunk guys play in bars, but, you would be wrong: Darts is a real sport, and if you don't believe, just witness 2 major international Dart events, The 19th Caribbean Cup and the Sixth America's Cup which are being held in Belize starting on Saturday.

A large number of players from all over the world started arriving in Belize today and today, we were at the PGIA to see delegations from Barbados and from Bahamas arrive.

They said they are happy to be here:..

Jose Mora, President Belize Darts Federation
"We are holding the 19th Caribbean Cup and the 6th Americas Cup to play at the Biltmore Plaza. It starts on Saturday at 1 o' clock opening ceremonies and then we go on with the Americas Cup for 3 days and on the 24th we start the 19th Caribbean Cup."

Shawn Burke, VP Barbados Darts Association
"We have been training since November last year but the nucleus of our team has been playing darts together for over 8 years also."

Daniel Ortiz
"Are you excited to be in Belize to take part in this tournament?"

Shawn Burke, VP Barbados Darts Association
"Of course I am because I came here with full expectations - hopefully if the team play to it potential I believe that we can do really and possibly win the competition."

Kevin Hicks, Manager - Team Bahamas
"We are looking forward to have a good turnout, hopefully winning the Caribbean Cup this year. It's hard for our team because we are on separate islands but we do individual practice. We've been practicing for about 3 months now and we are going to put on a good show."

The teams continue to arrive Tomorrow.

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Int'l Darts Tourney Starts

For all those dart enthusiasts in Belize, the 19th annual Caribbean Cup and the 6th America's Cup are being held in the city. It is the first time Belize is hosting the competition and a large number of players from across the globe are in the country competing. The tournament opened on Saturday and today the 6th America's Cup competition came to an end. We found out more about it from the Dart Czar Malcolm Spicer:..

Malcolm Spicer, President World Darts Federation (America's Region)
"These are the finals now. We had all the knockouts and individual rounds last night. We have the finals todays of the Americas Cup and right now we have Trinidad playing Canada and we have Bahamas playing USA and the winners of those two will go into the finals this afternoon which will be up here on the stage and then we have the individuals knockout tournaments; the men and ladies singles taking place today as well. In those the ladies are USA and Canada. The men's - we have one Bahamas man and the rest is USA and Canada, they got very strong teams."

"Later on today we have the finals of all the Americas Cup. Tomorrow night we have registration of teams and then starting on Wednesday we have a full schedule from 9 in the morning to probably 6 or 7 in the evening where all the countries play each other - it's a big round and so it goes on all week long both team events and individual events."

"Also the winners of the men singles gets world darts federation ranking points and so that's very important, that's goes all over the world, it gets on the world darts federation website, magazines and so it will be announced worldwide of this tournament today."

Christian Knowles, Bahamas
"We had to go through a series of tries process, it takes couple of months because of the different islands that we have - it's separated a lot like yours. What happen is that one island has to do their thing and then eventually we have to get all the winners together and play against each other and so that takes a little bit of time because we have to fly over and so forth, but we make it a very fun thing and by April we know who our team is going to be, so its long process, it's very hard."

Monica Bodden
"What are expectations like?"

Christian Knowles, Bahamas
"We came here with a team that kind of like a lot of the top that actual qualifiers couldn't make it for various reasons and so the people who had to step for them, but as it turn out the people that step in for them actually have more experience than the ones that actually made the team. We hope it doesn't hurts us that much, but as far as expectations are concern with the Americas Cup which is going on right now - just to get to semi-finals is a great accomplishment which we have done. We are playing the US right now and we won 2 matches against them so that's not so bad. We are still fighting along trying to get there but as far as that is concern we've met our expectations there and we are hoping to go a little farther. As far as the Caribbean Cup is concern - I think every country comes here to win, we are definitely here to win. We've won it 6 times; we lost in 2006, so we've come to win just like everybody else. We still have to play the game."

On Wednesday the 19th annual Caribbean cup will begin. You can take in the tournaments for free at the Biltmore Plaza.

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USA Wins 2012 America's Cup in Belize

For the first time ever Belize hosted two prestigious world-rated darts tournaments, the 19th Annual Caribbean Cup and the 6th World Darts Federation Americas Cup. The tournaments took place this month in Belize City from July 20 - 30, 2012.

Team USA held on to a 7-5 victory over Team Canada. The teams fought valiantly, each holding their own at 5-5 but the US team dug deep and pulled ahead, breaking Canada to advance for Men's Doubles Gold. Canada claimed Silver.

Canada took the Men's Singles Gold and Silver with Troy Hanlon's victory over fellow countryman Chris Steiger in a 4-0 contest.

USA claimed Gold and Silver in the Ladies Singes when Marilyn Popp defeated Brenda Roush in a 3-0 match.

Dawson Murchell claimed Gold for Canada in the Youth Singles by defeating countrywoman Robin Barnes in the finals 4-1. This was Dawson's first Internation Singles Title.

Maryland local, Joe Huffman was part of team USA. "It has been a great honor to play for the US Team. We had a blast and I will never forget the experience!"

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