The newly minted National Sports Commission (NSC) last Saturday met with
the representatives from national sport associations/federations at the National Resource Centre at Woolford Avenue as part of continued efforts to strengthen the administration of sport in Guyana.
With guidance from the NSC Act 1993, Commissioners sought to inform national associations of the role of the NSC in developing sport in Guyana and to identify some of the core issues that are currently affecting the proper administration of associations.
The forum recorded an impressive turnout from associations, federations and boards as is unique to the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Guyana Hockey Board. The NSC had invited President, General Secretary, and Treasurer of each of the 30 plus listed national associations.
The GCB, Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Hockey Board, Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Guyana Amateur Power-lifting Federation, Weightlifting Association, Swimming, Judo, Karate, Table Tennis, Cycling and many other associations were present.
Also notably in attendance was the Guyana Olympic Association head, Juman Yassin. Director of Sport, Christopher Jones opened the forum with remarks. Jones was well received among the associations that spoke highly of his activism in sports.
The associations all agreed that the allocation of funds is critical to their success; the prerequisite for associations/federations/boards to receive funding from the Commission, according to the act is that they must have an elected Executive, a Bank Account and they must keep proper accounts and records.
All associations were receptive to the point that suggested that funds should be allocated to them for their programmes. Several of the associations have submitted their projected plan for 2016 to the Commission.
The Commission is also mandated to provide assistance to any sports organisation in the audit of their accounts or in relation to any other matter where assistance may be required; to this end, the Olympic Association is in receipt of a NSC request to assist with ‘training’ for the administrative strengthening of associations available under International Olympic Committee (IOC) Solidarity Programme.
The NSC is also tasked among its critical functions to establish Regional Sports Committees or Advisory Units and Offices in the three counties of Guyana. The members of Regional Sports Committees shall consist of not more than five members and must come from the representative County. The Commission will be moving in this direction.
The associations posed a number of critical questions dealing with issues pertinent to the forward movement of sport; they included the development of facilities for the training, competition and encampment of athletes as well as anti-doping legislation.
These were all addressed. The Commissioners on new NSC includes: Ivan Persaud (Chairman), Nigel Hinds (Vice-Chairman), Edison Jefford, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Seon Erskine, Lavern Fraser, Inga Henry, Aliann Pompey and ex-officio member, Christopher Jones.
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