Apr 05, 2016 Sports
-FIBA referees to be flown in from Barbados
By Edison Jefford
The main stakeholders have agreed to replay Guyana’s Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) National Club Championships Final between Georgetown’s Colts United and Linden’s Retrieve Raiders on a date to be
announced this month.
Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA); Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), which are sub-associations of the GABF, among other stakeholders met on Saturday at Cara Lodge for the Federation’s Extra-Ordinary Meeting where the decision to replay the game was made.
“After discussion, it was agreed that Colts showed they were willing to make a sacrifice to have the game played in full with the condition of having FIBA certified referees officiate in the game later this month,” GABF President, Nigel Hinds told Kaieteur Sport yesterday.
Hinds said that FIBA referees from Barbados have already been contacted, and are available for the game. “It is definite that the finals will be played in full on either April 16, or 23, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall,” Hinds confirmed.
He informed that the two FIBA referees will be flown in, and along with Linden-based, Sherwin Henry, who is Guyana’s only FIBA certified referee, will officiate in the game that was plunged into controversy on March 19 when Raiders walked off the Court early in the fourth quarter after the local officials handed out technical fouls.
“We are grateful that this matter has been resolved. It shows the importance of having certified referees in games of this magnitude,” Hinds said, adding that patrons will be asked to pay $500 to see the game, which is half the price when it was first played.
According to Hinds, the Federation decided against issuing bans because it was agreed that the relationships between the main stakeholders of basketball in Guyana would be injured. Instead, he said that the defaulting factions will be strongly warned.
“All the teams will know that indiscipline will not be tolerated,” Hinds said. Distinguished academic and former FIBA international licensed referee, United States-based, Jay Mandle had issued a letter last week where he stated that the abandoned championship game should be rescheduled since that is the only way to determine “the better team and the rightful champion”.
The W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics at Colgate University, who along with his wife, Joan Mandle, also a University Professor, co-authored ‘Caribbean Hoops: The Development of West Indian Basketball’, which has an entire chapter on Refereeing.
Mandle and his wife visited Guyana at the request of the University of Guyana and sat down with the GABF President, Hinds and representatives from the LABA, GABA last Thursday morning at the Marriot Hotel to help resolve the imbroglio.
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