THE Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) will work with Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) in order to select a complete national team to represent Guyana at the upcoming U-16 Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC).
According to GABF President Nigel Hinds, Team Guyana will be chosen one month in advance of the tournament. He was backed by YBG Director Chris Bowman yesterday during the tournament launch at Cara Lodge.
Hinds stated that the naming of the team will come at the specified time,since “We don’t want them distracted from what we will be doing during that period they are together.”
The team will be fielded from the current National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) Regional Conferences. Hinds noted that the Federation is keen to give participating players a chance to play before calling them away for national duty.
Chris Bowman, YBG Director, expressed confidence in the fact that both the YBG and GABF can work together to produce the best teams for the tournament.
“We have a nucleus of players to look at from Linden, Berbice and Georgetown and it is just to bring them out in time, so that they can get accustomed to playing with each other.”
He continued by stating: “It is important to know that our core athletes are constantly playing basketball and that I think will aid in how good both the male and female teams are.”
In addition, Hinds pointed out that the GABF is also in the process of identifying a few overseas-based Guyanese players to be a part of the national squad that is expected to be named in June.
National Sports Commission (NSC) Director of Sport Chris Jones stated that the NSC will follow up on the Government’s donation to the GABF. “We will try to breach the gap and look towards long-term development and progress so that it does not just stop at CBC.”
President of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation(CBC), Glyne Clarke, noted that he was happy that the CBC Championships will be held in Guyana. He stressed that the event will rejuvenate the sport locally, also noting that Guyana was one of original pioneers for basketball in the Caribbean.
The tournament will begin with the male and female championships July 3 and 12 respectively at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.