The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Level 1 Certified Equipment, which includes the latest version of Gared Sports Basketball Goals, Shot Clock and other apparatus, arrived to be erected at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Tuesday night.
The equipment arrived in Guyana last week via Air Freight through Zoon Online Shopping. The Government of Guyana then facilitated its clearance duty free before the items were transported to the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to be permanently put into place.
The items represent a deliberate plan to continue to upgrade the facility, which has undergone a complete makeover ahead of Sunday’s Opening of the U16 Caribbean Basketball Championship that bounces off at 1pm.
Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, lauded the moment as being “historic” Tuesday night when he spoke to the media. He said that nothing of this magnitude has ever been done for the facility and the National Sports Commission (NSC) and Government must be commended for taking the initiative to have an internationally accredited basketball venue.
According to Jones, much more is to be done to get sports facilities up to standard in Guyana, but there needs to be a better system in place for the release of funds. The Director of Sports said that funds to develop sports take too long to be processed sometimes, which cause delays that are unnecessary.
He said that because of the bold step of the NSC to spend in excess of US$60,000 on the facility, Guyana is now in a position to host any Caribbean or international basketball championships. He said that players can now benefit from upgraded locker rooms with granite countertop cupboards and showers that actually work.
The same has been done for the washrooms for patrons. The VIP Area has been renovated for the expected guests as well. Guyana will host the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting during July 3-5, and it is likely that the Heads of CARICOM Member States that are playing in the CBC U16 Championships will visit the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Having the FIBA equipment arrive at the Sports Hall before yesterday was especially important since it was the departure date of the CBC Executive Evaluation Commission, which came in on Monday to ensure Guyana is ready to host the Championships.
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