Hosting CBC vital for basketball development, says Hinds

President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), Nigel Hinds, strongly believes that hosting the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Under-16 Male and Female championships in July will be a significant boosts for Guyana’s basketball.
Speaking to media on Saturday after to the final of the Road to Mecca III championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Hinds said, “We look forward to the CBC championship in July and the match is before cabinet for a final pronouncement, as we already received a provisional approval and that is something that will be a major fillip or boost for basketball.”
He added, “It’s really the most important event we would have had in the last 10-15 years in Guyana because now we will be penetrating

Nigel Hinds
Nigel Hinds

into the source of what is the catalyst for basketball development in Guyana by getting to the youths and students in the schools, so it is very important we have the CBC championship.”
Back in March, Guyana won the bid to host the championships, which are slated for July 2-9. The budget for hosting the event is pitted at G$60 million.
The CBC is a sub-zone of FIBA (The International Basketball Federation) and Hinds explained that the President of that body is scheduled to arrive soon in Guyana and is hoping for the final approval.
“We have the CBC President coming on the 27th of April along with CBC executive to do a site inspection, so we need a pronouncement as soon as possible,” Hinds said.
The CBC U-16 championships will qualify three teams to the 2017 Cento Basketball Under-17 Men and Women’s championships.