By Franklin Wilson
Dubbed as the biggest ever sporting event to ever hit these shores on a national scale, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) on Friday evening unveiled the trophies and top prize on offer in the GT&T Ten10 knock-out softball cricket competition set to bowl off on the weekend of February 6-7 at venues around Guyana.
The competition which is being run in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport and the Guyana Softball League has at stake a first prize of One Million Guyana dollars and has seen over 400 teams entering as of Thursday last.
GT&T’s Chief Financial Officer Yog Mahadeo on Friday evening held high the top prize displayed in a sealed glass case while he also received the top trophy from sponsors Cell Phone Shack, one of five co-sponsors of the event.
Handing over the first place trophy was Paul Parasram, Operations Manager of Cell Phone Shack who said his entity had no hesitation in being a part of the competition when they were approached. He said they have always been very supportive of sports and its development in Guyana.
Mahadeo in his remarks disclosed that the competition is designed to involve all and sundry and will be held annually.
“The vision of this nationwide tournament is to foster community involvement in sports and culture and will involve males, females; no one will be exempted from participating. There will also be special prizes for spectators at the various venues while players will also benefit as never before.”
Raymond Hunte of GT&T’s Marketing Department expounded on some of the added benefits that supporters and spectators will enjoy which includes a texting competition.
This competition which is the first of its kind on such a wide scale is being held to coincide with this Nation’s 40th Republic Anniversary.
GT&T, one of Guyana’s leading Private Sector Companies, shares the view that sports has always played a major role in the development of Guyana and this ten10 competition is something special where everyone will be a winner.
A number of Road Shows have been planned to further sensitize fans around the country. This initiative kicked off yesterday in Parika moving through villages on the East Bank of Essequibo, West Demerara and West Bank Demerara.
The Road Show is expected to continue today from Georgetown to Mahaica on the East Coast of Demerara.
The preliminary rounds of the competition will be played at a number of venues including Albion, Rose Hall, Better Hope, Softball Ground, Everest, Uitvlugt, Hampton Court and Anna Regina among others.
The round of 16 is set to bowl off on March 13.
The Guyana Softball League is responsible for the administration of the competition which has a 2nd prize of $250,000.
The teams advancing to the semi-finals will each receive $50,000, quarter finalists will collect $20,000 each while those advancing to the round of 16 will pocket $10,000 each.
Additionally, teams advancing to the round of 16 and umpires will all be outfitted with branded clothing compliments of GT&T and the co-sponsors while the competition mascot will also be unveiled during this phase of the tournament.
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