When we lose a family member it is indeed a very emotional time in our lives. We reflect upon the highlights of that person’s life, and when that person departs in their prime, we contemplate on what possibilities we will never have the opportunity of witnessing.
In the fraternity of sports, Kevin Worrell Jnr. Was our brother, and as our brother we felt all the emotions and feelings as described above and we share them with his basketball family and more importantly his immediate family.
And on the nights of the vigil to reminisce upon his brief sojourn on Earth, we at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport / National Sports Commission joined in mourning the passing of a brother.
In memory to a departed brother and all those who continue to strive for the development of sport, the National Sports Commission will continue in its mandate to work towards further development of all sports in Guyana, including basketball.
We will also like to reassure all citizens and lovers of sport that sport is very much on the agenda of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and the National Sports Commission.
To this end we will continue our programme of community outreached called “Days of Interaction” wherein we visit multiethnic communities and encourage cooperation, understanding and peace through sports.
We will continue our ‘Teach Them Young’ programmes which target school aged children and engages them in sport for healthy living.
We will continue to work with the Ministry of Health in our intense pursuit to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in Guyana, and we will continue to invest in the youth, the greatest asset and future of our beautiful country.
This is most evident in our commitment to participation in the Inter Guiana Games (IGG). Basketball plays a predominant position in our preparations for the IGG.
The National Sports Commission has acquired the services of former President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association, Mr Chris Bowman, to ensure that our preparations for this Inter regional competition moves apace.
To supplement his training regiment for the team to represent Guyana at the IGG in basketball, Mr Bowman has been instrumental in developing a year long programme of Elite Basketball training for our junior ‘ballers’ as well as coordinating the National Secondary School Basketball Festival and an Under-16 Basketball training programme.
Given the hard work and dedication on the part of our administrative and technical staff as well as the player, we look forward to the upcoming leg of the IGG in French Guiana in which we anticipate success in not only basketball, in which we are confident of defending our status as champions, but also in cycling and volleyball in both male and female categories.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport / National Sports Commission reaffirms itself to sport in Guyana whether it be cricket, hockey, badminton, squash, football, basketball or any of the many sports disciplines fervently pursued by our citizens.
Director of Sports
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