The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has suspended several basketball officials, including coaches and
referees for their participation in the ‘unsanctioned’ Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) that Guyana hosted earlier this month.
The National Sports Commission (NSC) opted to use Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) ahead of the GABF, which is the governing body for basketball in Guyana, to select the national teams for IGG in usurpation of the role of the national federation.
As a result, the GABF called the team selected by Director of Sport, Neil Kumar’s team and not the national team, since it was not a GABF-sanctioned unit. The GABF had also warned that penalties will be imposed for officials and players who defectively participate as part of the ‘unsanctioned’ basketball team.
The suspensions come on the heels of widespread benching of senior national players for mass indiscipline at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in the British Virgin Islands last month.
Below is the content of the GABF release:
Please note that the following persons have been suspended with immediate effect from GABF sanctioned activates, including the activities of its affiliates until further notice due to their participation in 2014 IGG Games:
Aubrey Young; Rawle Toney; Mark Trim; Willon Cameron; Leona Kyte; Warren Wilson and Ann Gordon.
Please note that we are in the process of scheduling a GABF General Council Meeting for either September 20th or 21st where pronouncements on the above suspensions will be finalised.
We appreciate your co-operation.
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