Feb 21, 2012 Sports Comments Off on National ruggers still struggling to meet financial requirements
-heads to IRB Hong Kong Sevens shortly
Still having to struggle to meet the required financial resources to participate at the highest level, President of the Guyana Rugby Football Union Christopher ‘Kit’ Nascimento told the media yesterday at the GOA Head Office, “ to compete in world class competitions has a world class cost attached to it.”
Nascimento was speaking at a press briefing called to report on the national team’s performance at the recently concluded Las Vegas International Friendly Sevens Series where Guyana shared the Bowl title with an American team, winning three out of five games.
According to the GRFU Head, all Guyana should be pleased with the team’s performance since even though it was not the usually high level IRB International Sevens Series where the best exponents in the format from across the world play n the same stage, the tournament which was used as a warm-up for Guyana’s participation in the upcoming Hong Kong International Sevens Series, provided adequate examination and game simulations for the side.
He said the sport continues to struggle for adequate financial shore up, adding that apart from interventions from certain business entities that’ve been associated with the Union for quite sometime and Government, the achievements by the team of outstanding and dedicated athletes continue to be taken for granted.
Nascimento spoke of the exposure the team affords Guyana at minimal cost, adding that playing in prestigious tournaments in places such as Las Vegas and Hong Kong which is viewed by millions of fans presents a major spotlight for Guyana for next to nothing. Despite the accomplishments the athletes have managed to achieve the sport is still not given the attention it rightly deserves.
Also in attendance were Vice President Robin Roberts, Head Coach Theodore Henry and Chairman of the Selections Panel Mike McCormack.
Henry spoke of the team’s competitive performance, while McCormack gave an outline of what the future holds for the team in the format going forward, describing the Hong Kong event as critical for their international progress.
He added that the Union will have to make strategic and structural decisions in the future, especially when it is considered the huge cost attached to ravel to compete in the Sevens Series.
The team will have the opportunity to play and train with Rugby USA at their high performance facility in Tula Vista, California for at least six days, before moving on to Asia.
Meanwhile, the team benefitted from a quantity of kits from manufacturer Xtreme Rugby out of Canada, who presented new uniforms free of cost.
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