The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) ‘Road to Mecca’ National Basketball Club Championships will start tomorrow night at 6pm with four games scheduled, and an aim to know which basketball club in Guyana is the best.
President of the GABF said yesterday that the tournament is very important to the federation for many reasons. He was at the time speaking on National Television at National Communications Network (NCN) Studio on Homestretch Avenue.
“This is a pivotal moment for the new (GABF) Executive… we really invested in it (tournament) and the aim is to establish our first National Club Champion,” Hinds said, before upbraiding the media for poor
coverage of local basketball.
While Hinds said that he has seen “two articles per week” from Kaieteur Sport and Guyana Time on basketball, he has not seen similar articles from the Stabroek News and Guyana Chronicle. He believes that the magnitude of the sport demands support.
He noted that in his time playing the sport there were articles and pictures of players in the papers on a consistent basis. The sharp criticism of the media on national television prompted the sports journalists present yesterday to walk out of the broadcast.
Hinds also reported that he has since received 20 molten balls and some heavy duty nets that will be used during the tournament, which starts Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. He added that there will be Halftime performances and giveaways.
Chairperson, Kirk Jardine also said that “support has been lacking for the sport” before pleading with patrons to come out and support their respective teams from whichever part of Guyana they team may come from. Jardine, whose stage name is Chow Pow, will be hosting the competition, according to GABF VP, Michael Singh.
“The foundations for the tournament are set. We have some giveaways for fans, and all systems are in place to host the tournament,” Singh said. Guyana’s Basketball Officials Council (GBOC) urged teams to be properly uniformed and on time during the competition. (Edison Jefford)
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