Feb 08, 2012 Sports
Incessant rainfall that has inundated most of the coastland is causing headaches for ground staff and teams preparing to compete in the third annual GT&T Nationwide 10/10 Softball Cricket Competition scheduled to commence on February 18, at various venues across the country.
However, the Organising Committee has expressed confidence that despite the rain which has caused most of the grounds to remain waterlogged over the period will not affect the start of action.
According to Organising Committee member Carmachand Rambarran, the planning for this year’s tournament is on schedule and they expect officials and teams in all the communities to push ahead with preparations in order to meet the deadline for commencement of competition.
“We in the organising committee have stepped up preparations in an effort to host another successful event. The only major setback right now is the lack of preparations of grounds, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will break and the venues identified will be prepared in time for the start of the tournament,” Rambarran said.
The tournament is anticipated to be bigger and better than previous years, and according to the GT&T official, in excess of 500 teams have already registered for the knockout competition.
However, he issued a call for teams who are yet to register to do so as soon as possible to accommodate the preparation of fixtures.
The competition has been a huge success over the past two years with last year’s 1224 registered teams set to be overtaken, especially after the challenge offered by GT&T CEO Yog Mahadeo, who dared the Organisers during the launching to double the entries and he will most likely increase the prize monies.
The competition is aimed at fostering community involvement in sport and culture is set to conclude on May 12.
It is by far the most lucrative softball tournament ever to be hosted in Guyana with last year’s attendance at the National Stadium recorded at over 10,000 patrons
Meanwhile, teams yet to register are required to pay a participation fee of $1,000 and registration forms are available only in the GT&T 10/10 magazine that are on sale at all GT&T business offices and all Guyana Softball League (GSL) representatives some GT&T C-point vendors and GT&T 10/10 coordinators.
The closing date for registration is Saturday, February 11.
At the official launching of the tournament on January 16, Mahadeo disclosed that the prize monies of last year will form the base for this year’s tournament.
He mentioned that “for every team registered above last year number will automatically increase the prize money this year”.
With a total of $30 million in cash and prizes up for grabs, fans will have the chance to win a SUV which is up for grabs through a texting game “Fansuv” to 620-3788. Questions for the “Fansuv” text game will be based on the contents of this year’s 10/10 Magazine and for every four correct answers, fans will receive a coupon that will allow them to enter the promotion for a chance to win the SUV with the drawing set to be conducted during the finals on May 12 followed by a Caribbean-style entertainment package.
It was revealed also that the GT&T inaugural International 10/10 leg will be play on May 12 between a Select GT&T team, USA and Canada.
Last year’s tournament saw West Demerara’s Wolf Warriors cruise to an easy eight-wicket triumph against Berbice’s Celebrity Times in the Men’s final, while the Ancient County gained sweet revenge when Berbice All Stars beat Lusignan Street Warriors by nine runs in the women’s final.
For their win, Warriors received $2 million, while All Stars took away $1 million.
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