Guyana’s Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr., says an all-weather facility to cater to the cricket academy is in the works and could be completed within three months.
He said this on Tuesday while speaking at the second development camp hosted by the Everest Cricket Club
The facility’s model is expected to be implemented in all counties and will be situated in the North Eastern section of the National Stadium, Providence.
“It gives them [elite players] the opportunity to have net practice 365 days a year. We are no longer going to be plagued by rainy [and] dry season situations because we have to create the conditions in the country if we want to produce exception players where we are beating everybody in the world and we have been able to do that already,” he said.
Ramson Jr had, in February, led a delegation to consult with the Commissioners of the National Sports Commission, the Director of Sport, the Guyana Cricket Board, the Berbice Cricket Board, the Demerara Cricket Board, the Essequibo Cricket Board and other concerned individuals.
The purpose was to finalise the details for the Cricket Academy.
After previously indicating engagements with the Commonwealth Secretariat in getting technical support for the elite aspect of the Ministry’s Sport Academy, the minister finalized those talks at the recent meeting of Sport Ministers of the Commonwealth in England, during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Cricket, Hockey, and Football are the remaining three of the 12 core sports whose academies are still to be officially launched but are expected to commence within the coming months.
The other core sports currently identified by the Ministry are Badminton, Basketball, Squash, Table Tennis, Rugby, Volleyball, Swimming, Lawn Tennis and Track and Field.
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