Minister Henry urges national bodies to be timely with requests for assistance
By Franklin Wilson
One of Guyana’s most decorated and dedicated powerlifters along with another young and proven talent, Winston ‘Little Master’ Stoby and Vijai Rahim will unfortunately not be part of the national team which will seek to bring glory to this nation when the curtains on the 15th NAPF / FESUPO Pan-American Powerlifting Championships are lifted tomorrow in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.
Competition will run until September 20 and Guyana will be represented by an eight-member team that consists of Britany Mack, Andrea Smith, Osmand Mack, Rudolph Blackman, Marino Jeffrey, GAPF General Secretary / IPF Referee Gordon Spencer, GAPF PRO/Organising Secretary / IPF Scorer Denroy Livan and Assistant Manager / Coach, Vickram Budhram.
Speaking with this reporter yesterday, Stoby said he was very disappointed in not being able to attend and was looking forward to the Ministry of Sport to assist himself and Rahim towards making the trip as the other persons who are in Brazil had to foot their own expenses with the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) paying the membership and affiliation fees.
Stoby informed that he was under the impression that assistance from the Sport Ministry which now falls under the purview of the Ministry of Education would have been a certainty but when contacted yesterday via email, Minister within the Ministry of Education with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Nicolette O. Henry said that the letter of request for sponsorship from the GAPF reached her desk very late.
Minister Henry who was very prompt in responding to questions sent to her yesterday said that the letter that was signed by GAPF President Peter Green and headlined “Urgent Support for Pan Am Team”, was received on August 31st and that she was overseas on official Ministry business at the time the letter reach her ministry.
Minister Henry also noted that while it is the intention to assist all, it is also imperative for associations and federations to understand the need for making requests on a timely basis in order to be in the reckoning for help.
“I have asked the Director of Sport Mr. Christopher Jones to meet with associations and federations to underscore the importance of writing to the ministry on a timely basis with requests for assistance. Of course we would like to help but we have to do so in a structured manner.”
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