A high-level team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by the His Excellency Forbes July and the Chinese Ambassador, His Excellency Cui Jian Chun, and with engineers and other officials, visited the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground on the Essequibo Coast in Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam) with intention to inspect the venue for a major upgrade.
The team was met by Regional Vice-Chairman Omesh Odit, His Worship Rajendra Prabhulall (Mayor of Anna Regina), Deputy Mayor Lorna Fitzallen, Town Clerk Diane Chritchlow, Superintendent of Works Brian Hercules, and Councillors, who gave the visitors an extensive tour of the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, a venue that has been identified to be transformed into a ‘stadium like’ multi-purpose ground with indoor and outdoor sport facilities to accommodate every sport discipline.
The Chinese Ambassador indicated that he wished to have the ground completed by 2022, in order to have it commissioned with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Guyana/China relationship. Currently, work is ongoing in relation to the design of the facility, after which construction would commence.
The Mayor and team of the Anna Regina Town expressed their gratitude and elation at the prospect of the ground being upgraded to facilitate youths getting involved in meaningful activities like sport.
The Mayor assured the visiting team that he and Council members would employ every effort into getting the talented young people of the township and the Region fully involved in sports activities in order to keep them from getting involved in illegal activities, and in getting them fully involved in clean sport activities which would help to bring out their hidden talent.
This same visiting team also reportedly visited the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground in Linden (Region 10) with intention to carry out a similar project there.
Back in September 2020, President Dr. Irfaan Ali had announced that a string of multi-purpose facilities would be constructed around the country. His statement read: “To continue to support the growth and development of our young people – our sportsmen and women, in finding new talent and supporting every region of our country. We’re going to build three multipurpose sports complexes in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). These are some of the investment measures and policies that we’ll pursue in this emergency budget and in January.”