Come And Have Fun - Yog Mahadeo
“I THINK we all recognised that all across the country, everyone is extremely excited over 10/10 cricket. There is a lot of excitement in the air because of a vision we had two years ago and which was brought to fruition last year, and with that becoming a reality and spreading over to this year, there will be lots of excitement at the Guyana National Stadium tomorrow.” Those were the words of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) Yog Mahadeo, who held a press briefing at his entity’s 79 Brickdam location yesterday, to update the media concerning the final stages of this year’s competition.
“When we started last year, we had 584 teams and I challenged the organisers to double the teams for this year’s tournament, and once they do, I will double the prize money, and they were successful, hence the winning team will be walking away with G$2M on Sunday night."
“I am happy to say that for this year’s tournament, we had 1 224 teams from every village, community and even some business entities, entering the competition and as I have always stated before, ‘the heartbeat of GT&T is the heartbeat of Guyana’ and I don’t ever think, there has been such a large number of teams entering into one single event in any country, so this year it was historic also.”
He continued, “Come Sunday, we will be having tons of giveaways and while the organisers of the tournament are giving us a grand time on the field, our entertainment organisers, Hits and Jams, will take us into the night and send us home with the show that is planned after the game, so certainly those in attendance at the game will not be dissatisfied after same is completed.”
When quizzed on the possibility of increasing next year’s tournament prize money, Mahadeo said he would love to do so and promised that once the teams have been doubled, something will be done to that effect, while he did not commit himself to a figure.
The possibility of having foreign teams compete in next year’s tournament is highly possible, since according to Mahadeo, the organisers were looking at doing that this year but certain hiccups made it impossible to do so.
“We were looking at having teams from outside of Guyana compete in this year’s tournament, but with the Regional four-day competition and the World Cup being played at the same time, such was not a possibility. However, we have not ruled out the options of having foreign teams compete in next year’s tourney and we will work out the logistics behind same, so as to make the 2012 tournament a more exciting and challenging one for all the stakeholders involved.”
According to Hits and Jams’ security manager Simeon Francis, tight security from both the Guyana Police Force and private sector will be in place at the Guyana National Stadium tomorrow, while the Park and Ride system will also be in force.
Director of Hits and Jams, Kerwin Bollers, said the entertainment package will be one of lots of fun, with GT&T giving away over $20M in cash and prizes, including top-ups to the tune of G$1M, while fans in the blue stand can cart off numerous prizes as well as cash.
Bluey Max will be there to keep the fans entertained, along with live sounds from Stereo Sonics and Fusion Sound Systems respectively, before the after-final entertainment kicks into gear. The National Communications Network (NCN) Channel 11 will be broadcasting all the matches live. Fans who are spotted on camera in a special GT&T 10/10 shirt, will walk away with thousands of dollars in prizes.
The gates will be opened at 08:15 h, and the first ball in the first male semi-final will be bowled at 09:30 h. The female semifinal will follow the completion of the first male semi-final, while the official opening ceremony will start at 18:00 h.
His Excellency President Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to deliver the feature address and bowl the first ball in the female final, which will be followed by the male final. Brief remarks will be delivered by Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony and Mahadeo respectively.
Admission to the venue is $1 000 and $500 respectively, with ticket holders being granted free access to the after-match concert which will feature Karma, Trinidad and Tobago’s Benjai, Mahendra Ramkellawan, Tameika Marshall, Mingles Sound Machine and many other local artistes.
The quarterfinals are being contested today at the Everest Cricket Club ground.