THE Guyana government has again been called upon to intervene in the current cricket fiasco, which continues to affect the administration of the sport, both at the county and national levels.This plea was made by Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), Hilbert Foster last Sunday during his address at the RHTY&SC’s 27th annual awards ceremony.Foster told the gathering, which included Prime Minister and Acting President Moses Nagamootoo, Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, that as a country we owe it to ourselves to make sure that Berbice and Guyana cricket is preserved for the next generations.“I would like to urge President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the government of Guyana to intervene in this situation before it is too late. The Parliament of Guyana passed a Cricket Bill and it is the Law of Guyana. Unless it is overturned, all parties should respect it and the time to act is now. Mr Prime Minister, as a Berbician and a proud uncle of one of our Test players, please assist us to save Berbice cricket. Let it be your legacy and I’m confident that every Berbician shall be proud of you,” Foster said.Cricket locally over the years has brought into a virtual meltdown, and even though the Guyana Cricket Administration Act was passed in the National Assembly on May 15, 2014 and assented to by the-then President Donald Ramotar on August 4, 2014, the game continues to be in turmoil.The aim of the Act is to bring about order in the administration of cricket and to improve its governance and financial accountability arrangements.However, the Act is yet to be implemented because of the-then acting Chief Justice’s ruling of April 29, 2015, that restrains the holding of elections under the Act in respect of the Guyana Cricket Board and the county boards of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice until the hearing and determination of the substantive action.Further, Foster said,“Today, Berbice cricket is in disarray due to the lust for power at the county and national levels. People who have no vision, no capacity to manage are in charge, despite not being elected to do so. We as a country owe it to ourselves to make sure that Berbice and Guyana cricket is preserved for our next generations. We cannot afford to let the legacy of Trim, Kanhai, Butcher, Madray, Fredericks, Solomon, Kallicharran and Nagamootoo be destroyed.”“No cricket is being played for clubs in Berbice; no coaching or off-the-field activities organised; unqualified coaches are selected to coach Inter-county teams; five clubs moved an illegal motion to remove a hardworking, dedicated and honest female administrator, while unqualified umpires are used in practice and Inter-zone matches,” Foster highlighted.He added, “Players are targeted because of their clubs. Coaches are told to leave certain clubs if they want to get coaching positions, while players are given homemade drinks and food with one piece of small chicken to survive for an entire day. Our players practise every day with no cricket in sight and clubs depend on the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club to organise tournaments.”Foster pointed that while Guyana have won three consecutive three Regional four-day titles, it is because of the hard work of club officials at Georgetown Cricket Club, Demerara Cricket Club, Albion, Rose Hall Town, Everest, Tucber Park and Young Warriors, who work day in, day out to make a difference.“Take these clubs away and Guyana’s cricket would be dead and buried,” he concluded.
The para-Olympic committee of B&H and Badminton Association of B&H will organize on Saturday a promotion of para-badminton, a suitable sport for competition and recreation of people with disabilities.This is the first time that B&H promotes badminton as a suitable sport for people with disabilities.The world badminton federation (BWF) organizes and develops para-badminton and a large number of national organizations are engaged in these activities, announced the para-Olympic committee of B&H.The promotion will be organized within the international badminton tournament for recreational players and will be held on 7 December at the sports hall of the Gymnasium Dobrinja. The organizers expect the participation of teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Russia and B&H.(Source: Fena)
1 Mauro Icardi Chelsea and Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Mauro Icardi after sending scouts to watch him at the weekend, according to reports in Italy.The Inter Milan man has been one of the stars of Serie A this season and is the second top scorer in the league with 15 goals.That form has sparked interest from Europe’s elite clubs, who are all interested in a summer swoop for the 22-year-old.Manchester City have been seen as one of the frontrunners for the Argentine’s signature, while Bayern Munich are also in the race.And now Chelsea and Manchester United have stepped up their interest in the striker ahead of this summer’s transfer window.According to Calciomercato, the Premier League pair sent scouts to watch Icardi at the weekend as Inter fell to a 1-0 defeat against Sampdoria.