Gov’t invests $15M to develop sport in Region 8

Residents in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) will be enjoying sports even more, now that they have received much needed financial support from the government to upgrade their community grounds and associated facilities.

Some $15 million has been given to the villages to ensure they have proper sport areas, where professional sportsmen and women could be developed.

The villages of Paramakatoi, Kurukabaru and Waipa, received $5 million each for the enhancement project.

The funds were requested at the National Toshaos’ Council Conference, an annual event of the PPP/C Administration, which gives all Amerindian leaders an opportunity to meet with members of central government, including the president.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr., MP, delivered the cheques to the village leaders on Wednesday.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr. inspecting the sport facility at Kurukabaru, Region Eight

He said due to the strong leadership and representation by Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, MP, and the commitment of President, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali to develop sport across Guyana, the money was made available to the villages.

“Knowing that you need investment in your sport facilities she [Minister Sukhai] has been representing you. Government has to make the investment in facilitating development. Sport is very important for our country, and President Ali sees sport through a special lens, which is using sport to bring the country together. It also helps to lift our prominence in their world.”

Cricket and football are prominent sport activities in the villages.

Minister Ramson noted that the funds are not the extent of government’s support. He committed to purchasing more sport gears to support the hinterland in football and cricket.

“We want you to use sport to be a vehicle to take you places where you would not envision without the assistance of sports. Government support is critical to take you there faster,” Minister Ramson said.

Toshao of Paramakatoi, Barry Joe, was pleased with the government grant.

“It means so much to us because we’ve been asking for assistance to do this enhancement on the ground, and fortunately it is here and I know for sure that it will have a lot of benefits. We will see development; we will see upgrading on the field which we would have been waiting for,” he said.

Representative of the Moonstone Youth and Sports Club of Kurukabaru, Charlyn Anchieta also noted that the grant will revolutionise sport in the village.

“I would like to thank the Government of Guyana for having a positive impact on the life of Guyanese, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for taking this great initiative in rendering assistance financially towards our sports club. With your continued support it will help us develop youths with discipline through sports,” Anchieta said.


Kashif Muhammed named NSC Chairman, paves the way for Director of Sport appointment

After a prolonged period the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport has made its first step to appoint a Director of Sport through the listing of members of the National Sports Commission (NSC) along with the Chairman.

Long surmised as the next Director of Sport, renown football organizer Kashif Muhammed has been named Chairman of the NSC while newly elected Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) President Bissoondyal Singh along with Philip Fernandes, Cristy Campbell, Dellon Davidson and Cheteram Ramdial are appointed as NSC members.

Fernandes who holds the post of Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) President is a long time sport administrator while Campbell was recently elected the second ever female President of the Guyana Tennis Association (GTA).

The Official Gazette of the appointments was published on May 22 and announced via the ministry’s social media pages earlier today. It stated; “The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport is pleased to share the official appointment of the National Sports Commission. The Ministry would like to congratulate the persons appointed and wish them all the best. The appointment of the National Sports Commission paves the way for the appointment of the new Director of Sport”.