BUDGET 2022: Basketball Federation commends government on allocation for sport

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Press Release by the Guyana Basketball Federation 

The Guyana Basketball Federation (GABF) commends the Government of Guyana on the record-breaking funds allocated to the transformation of sports in Guyana in the 2022 National Budget.

The 2022 National Budget as presented by Dr. Ashni Singh, Senior Minister with responsibilities for Finance under the Office of the President, has seen more than a 100% increase in funds being allocated for the development of sports in Guyana with $3.2B this year as opposed to the $1.5B in 2021.

The GABF was categorised as one of the twelve core sports and has been working closely with Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr. and the NSC’s Director of Sports Steve Ninvalle.

The GABF would also like to take this opportunity to thank the National Sports Commission for funding received in 2021 for the Senior Men’s National team campaign at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifier in El Salvador and the Senior Men and Women’s 3×3 national teams’ participation in the FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup in Miami, USA.

The GABF has presented its 2022-2027 Strategic Development Plan to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and is excited about the future of sports and basketball in Guyana.

Guyana is scheduled to compete in a number of international youth qualifiers this year, including the FIBA U-15 and U-17 Centrobasket Championships for Boys and Girls, and the FIBA Centrobasket Women’s Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with the 3×3 Basketball tournaments at the 2022 Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe, the South American Youth Games in Asunción, Paraguay, the International School Sport Federation Games in Normandy, France and the FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup senior and U-17 tournaments in Miami, USA, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The rehabilitation of our infrastructure will make Guyana a hosting destination for international competitions, which will also complement the sports tourism sector.

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