Mar 25, 2016 Sports
Five countries confirmed to date
Following a successful inaugural tournament that saw several teams from overseas in attendance, the 2nd Annual Faye Joseph- organised International Dominoes Competition which is being run under the auspices of the Georgetown Dominoes Association (GDA) will be played from April 1-4 at 1222-23 Gaulding Place, South Ruimveldt.
This was disclosed during the Launch which took place yesterday at the President of the GDA residence in South Ruimveldt. In attendance at the occasion were President Faye Joseph, Secretary Barbara Marshall, Organisaing Secretary Mark Wiltshire, Barbados representative Gregory Bledman, PRO Basil Bradshaw and team representatives.
Joseph, whose brainchild it was for the tournament which is regarded as an international event and has received the blessings from the World Dominoes Council (WDC), speaking at the briefing first thanked the teams that participated in the first tourney, adding that the response this year has been good both at the local and regional levels and she expects this year’s competition to be very competitive and fiercely fought among the teams.
She opined that there is enough evidence to suggest that the game is gaining in popularity locally and because of this she is more that encouraged continuing to be an integral part of the sport.
The popular head of the GDA said she is confident that come next year the tournament will be able to attract more teams from even more countries and urged the Private Sector and Government to continue to extend more support to the sport.
Marshall in her remarks revealed that twelve countries were sent invitations and so far there have been positive responses from at least five. She disclosed that in excess of US$10,000 will be up for grabs during the four-day competition along with trophies and individual prizes for outstanding players.
The wining team will receive US$5,000 along with the corresponding trophy, while the second, third and fourth placed teams will collect US$2,500, US$1,500 and US$1,000. The cost to enter the tournament is US$200 or GY$40,000.
Marshall said that members of the Private and Public Sectors and established teams were invited to participate in the tournament. Bledman, who is a member of the WDC opened by saying that he would love to see more countries attending the tournament, but assured that quite a few teams will be coming in from Barbados to participate in the competition.
He, however, noted that the prohibitive cost of travel within the Region is affecting many sports events, adding that many more teams would like to compete, but the cost to do so is beyond them. Wiltshire whose task it is to run the tournament urged all teams to be on their best behaviour, informing that any act of indiscipline will be dealt with firmly and instantly.
He then gave a synopsis of the tournament’s format.
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