Carto steps down as GABA President
By Edison Jefford
Trevor Rose must be languishing in his Bel Air home thinking to himself ‘I was the man for this job, they
removed me covertly and now look, basketball in Georgetown is in a mess’ following a recent development that is certain to halt the progress of the sport.
Kaieteur Sport has learnt yesterday that the relatively new President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), David Carto has stepped down from the post citing what others referred to as ‘personal reasons’ when contacted for comment.
Carto could not be reached for comment yesterday, but other GABA officials, who requested that their names be withheld, confirmed that Carto did relieve himself of the post, but he did not issue an official resignation letter with elections due in another year.
“He said some personal things came up and he could no longer fulfil the role of the President. He has not sent us an official resignation letter so we’re not clear as yet what that means,” an official of the GABA told this newspaper in an invited statement.
Carto’s move comes in the middle of an extensive and impressive GABA League that was aimed at resuscitating interest in the sport in Georgetown with its length. Our source at the GABA said that they are at their wits’ end to continue the League that was stopped.
The GABA League was expected to last a little over three months with a super-eight knockout at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to follow. The League had endured an impressive start with about 14 teams competing. Four new teams had registered with the association.
The bottom-line was that the savvy Carto, after a slow start last year, was getting basketball to an enterprising place in Georgetown. Carto took over the GABA Presidency from Trevor Rose in an election that was aimed at removing the popular local designer.
Rose was instrumental in taking basketball in Georgetown to new levels after he merged with the entertainment sector. However, some clubs believed that he was not doing enough for the sport in the City and that brought Carto, who has already had enough, to the fore.