Sponsors play defence with Super-Ward
- force postponement of event to 2010
By Edison Jefford
“We will have to reschedule to start in late January into February due to sponsorship lack. The Christmas Season has apparently attracted lots of events and sponsors have asked us to reschedule if we want maximum support”.
Those were the grim words of President of Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), Trevor Rose, when contacted yesterday for an update on the proposed National Super-Ward Basketball Championships this month.
The tournament was expected to bounce off December 12 and included the leading Eight Basketball-playing Wards from across Guyana. The format and list of wards among other aspects were already set for Saturday’s initiation.
However, sponsors apparently played defence with the tournament in light of many other events this moment. The competition had earned full support from a corporate entity, but that company reportedly reneged at late notice.
“What happened was that we had gotten an exclusive sponsorship commitment from one of our sponsors, who said that they wanted to sponsor the entire event. But they informed us late that they wont be able to anymore,” Rose said.
The Super-Ward was part of the proliferation of basketball in Georgetown in the 2009/10 Season that the GABA said would be “very hectic” at its launch. The anticipated tourney would have brought out leading basketball districts.
Asked if it was an oversight for the GABA to be solely depending on the oral obligation of a solitary sponsor instead of initially seeking others, Rose admitted that that is what it turned out to be following the unwanted development.
“When they informed us late we had to hustle to get to other sponsors. In a sense, we are to be blamed but it (the postponement) gives us the time now to mobilise with those other sponsors for next year,” Rose pointedly indicated.
The GABA Head said that the concern among those other sponsors is clear since they are of the opinion that, in the best interest of the mass publicity of the competition, it must be postponed to a period with less competing activities.
Meanwhile, as a supplementary undertaking, the Georgetown sub-association is mulling a one or two-day tournament for clubs in the City so that much time will not elapse without the sport being competitively regenerated.