Players eligible for Victory Valley Royals championship next weekend in Linden
Plans are in train for the staging of the Victory Valley Royals eight team knockout basketball championships which bounces off next weekend at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court.
Senior Official of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association, Mr. Joe Chapman, said that this tournament will be followed by the third annual Trophy Stall Regulation Open League tournament from mid September.
Quizzed on recent reports that two national players from Linden, power forward Dwayne ‘Brown Sugar’ Roberts of Retrieve Raiders and centre Shane Webster of Amelia’s Ward Jets have been suspended and fined by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Association, Chapman said, “We are not aware of those suspensions from any official source and as such the General Council of the LABA on Friday night was forced to ignore the reported sanctions.”
The Secretary informed in a release yesterday, that approval has been given and the tournament will bounce off with registration of players and club affiliation for the remainder of 2014 to be completed by today when the association meets again with the clubs, and the draw for the tournament will be done at a meeting from 6:30 pm at the Mackenzie Sports Club Lounge.
Chapman said that while the LABA president was among four federation officials who addressed the allegations against the players, LABA president Mr. Haslyn Graham was not representing the association as he is a vice president of the governing body GABF.
Additionally, the long standing secretary said he believes that based on reports gathered there were swirling allegations of mistrust before, during and after the July held Caribbean Basketball Championships in the British Virgin Islands of Tortola which brings into questioning the resultant suspensions and fines for not returning the national basketball uniforms to the federation by the players.
He said he wanted not to further comment on the reports of an entire basketball team being sanctioned for any wrong doing because nothing official is with the association. However, he said when that time comes the association will deal with what is brought to their attention. Chapman said that he was told when the GABF executives would have met on Saturday 26th July, a follow up meeting with the General Council of the federation would have been held but to date this was not done.
The clubs slated to contest the Victory Valley Royals eight team knockout basketball championships are the hosts Victory Valley Royals, Kings, Amelia’s Ward Jets, Wismar Pistons, Block 22 Flames, Bankers Trust Falcons, Half Mile Bulls, and Retrieve Raiders.
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