– Union needs US$50,000
Riding high on the wave of success, the Guyana Rugby Football Union held a Press
Briefing at Olympic House yesterday to report on the team’s outstanding performance and to say thanks to all the entities including Government who had joined together to offer critical support to the Union to make participation in this year’s NACRA Sevens Tournament possible.
Present at the Briefing were President of the Union Peter Green, Secretary Terrence Grant, Patron Christopher ‘Kit’ Nascimento and Head Coach / player Theodore Henry.
Nascimento, who is the patron of the Union has been instrumental in gathering large funding for the team, opened by stating that the NACRA victory was just the first step in the team’s quest to make it to the 2016 Rio Olympics, but disclosed that the team will be participating in the IRB Hong Kong Series which according to him is one of the premier Sevens tournament in the world.
Nascimento said it is important for the team to attend the Hong Kong event since it will serve as good preparation for the NACRA qualifiers set for June in the USA.
The Patron of the Union reminded that while Guyana is undoubtedly the best in the Caribbean and Central America, they face more formidable challengers in USA and Canada who they will face in the NACRA qualifiers.
“Canada and the USA will be part of the qualifiers and we have to be ready to beat those teams and right now I feel we are not ready, but we could be if we get the necessary funding,” Nascimento opined.
Additionally, Nascimento said while Henry has done a fine job with the team, for Guyana to reach the next level and compete against higher ranked nations it will require getting the services of an Elite Coach, while attendance at competitions such as the Elite Men’s Sevens in Las Vegas, USA should be a must.
Nascimento said it will require a minimum of US$50,000 to take Guyana’s rugby to where it should be, adding that the team’s performance over the years have justifiable cause for such support.
Meanwhile, Nascimento called on the media to continue its support for the Union and asked that the Government and corporate community be given the necessary credit for their assistance.
Green, who is a member of the National Sports Commission apologised for the absence of officials from the Sport Ministry and NSC and blamed himself for their no show.
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