GABA future in clubs’ hands
– says Vice President Gomes
The future of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) is in the hands of clubs affiliated to the association, the only serving member, Vice-President, Kester Gomes said when contacted yesterday for a brief comment ahead of elections.
Gomes is the last man standing following the resignation of new President, David Carto, in April last year, and the resignation of all the other Executives during the course of the year. Gomes had no choice but to rally the association until another election.
“The association is not functioning, all the other members have resigned and there were plans to have an Interim Management Committee (IMC), but no one ever got back to me, so the future of the GABA is in the hands of the clubs,” Gomes believes.
There was a meeting of clubs earlier this week to streamline plans for the elections and the way forward for basketball in Georgetown. Gomes expressed disappointment that neither he nor his club was invited to the forum that lacked any real structure. It is unclear who was at the helm of organising the meeting earlier this week.
“I don’t have a problem allowing a formal meeting when the clubs are ready. It is based on them and what they want. I am not interested in running for the Presidency neither will I be seeking to be re-elected to any office, so it is based on them,” Gomes said.
The GABA last held elections in February of 2011 and the constitutional life of the Executive is two years, which means that elections are due next month. The current GABA Vice-President is of the view that the clubs should be formally mobilised as opposed to coups.
Carto had stepped down from the post, citing what others referred to as ‘personal reasons’ when contacted last year. Carto has never given an official interview since his resignation, and it could not be confirmed if he had submitted an official resignation letter.
His move last year came in the middle of an extensive and impressive GABA League, which was aimed at resuscitating interest in the sport in Georgetown. The League was expected to last over three months with a super-eight knockout to follow. The League had endured an impressive start with about 14 teams competing.
Four new teams had registered with the association but there has been nothing meaningful from the Georgetown sub-association since, with clubs left to run basketball instead. Carto had taken over the position in 2011 form popular local designer, Trevor Rose.
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, which brought Carto to the fore for a short stint at the forefront.