Apr 07, 2016 Sports
The Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC) is maintaining it needs an apology from the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) President, Nigel Hinds if is to proceed with the National Basketball Championships, which ended in controversy on March 19 when Linden’s Retrieve Raiders had walked off the court with 9:18 left on the game clock in the fourth quarter, down 51-54 against Colts.
GBOC in a letter last week stated that it needed an apology from GABF President, Hinds. After the furore, distinguished academic and former FIBA international licensed referee, Jay Mandle had issued a letter after meeting with stakeholders last Thursday at Marriot, where he stated that the abandoned National Basketball Championships Game should be rescheduled since that is the only way to determine “the better team and the rightful champion”.
In addition, the GABF, Linden Amateur Basketball Association and Georgetown sub-association met on Saturday at an Extra-Ordinary Meeting and agreed that the game will be replayed in its entirety. Below is the full text of GBOC letter:
The finding by Mr J. Mandle, the former FIBA certified referee, pertaining to the halting of the Clubs Championship Finals Road to Mecca III on the March 19, 2016 between the Retrieve Raiders and Colts were correct. The Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC) would accept that the Referees erred by not declaring the winner.
It must be known to Mr. Mandle that the GABF President intervened and said to the Referees that he is the Commissioner of the game and has the right to overrule the referees’ decision; the Referees immediately voiced their opinion that the President had no right to intervene since the Referees were in charge of the game.
At that moment it was clear that a breakdown in communication arose, which led to an exchange of words. There was no police protection for the Referees during the games, which was agreed to by the GABF.
Therefore, the Referees were left to the mercy of the fans, who invaded the playing area to vent their anger. The GABF seems bent on having the game replayed, but no one seems to care about the Referees, who had to put up with the disrespectful words from the fans and players, which the GABF is aware of.
Based on the reckless statements made by the GABF and some players and I quote “unwarranted call by the Referee” and profanities hurled at the Referees by the players after the game; GBOC would not take part in any replay of the Road to Mecca III if there is no apology from the GABF and the comments made by players not addressed.
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