GT&T Pleased With So Many Teams
GT&T CEO Yog Mahadeo, while giving an update about this weekend’s 10/10 Softball Cricket Competition, challenged the media to show him another tournament or any country that so many teams have registered to participate in a single competition.
“I challenge you (media), especially those who do investigative work to show me another tournament or even another country that have so many teams registered for such a competition,” Mahadeo dared while speaking at a press conference held in the Company’s Canteen on Hadfield Street yesterday to give an update about this year’s10 /10 Tournament which is set to conclude tomorrow, at the National Stadium.
The GT&T Executive said that he had extended a personal challenge to the Organisers to double the teams from last year and he would double the prize money, adding that they’ve done a splendid job in doing so and hence the $2million first prize for the winners and a total expenditure of over $30million making it the biggest by far softball cricket competition locally.
This year some 1,224 teams registered for the tournament which is a 100% increase from last year that saw 584 teams compete.
Mahadeo stated that the heartbeat of GT&T is the heartbeat of Guyana, pointing out that they’ve now approached the end of a competition that started over one month ago and is near completion and the Organisers have planned a packed programme of activities that will go right through the night.
Among the activities planned are giveaways right through the day where fans could win over $1million in both prizes and cellular credit along with a number of 10/10 memorabilia, while being entertained by Cheer Leaders, dancing girls and guys and later in the evening also planned in an entertainment show that features the top Caribbean crossover band Karma, soca sensation Patch of Trinidad and Tobago, Benjai, Timeka Marshall, Mahendra Ramkellawan and a host of other artistes.
The CEO informed that because the Company recognises the diverse culture of the Guyana society, they’ve included an assorted collection of entertainment for all to enjoy.
Kerwin Bollers of Hit and Jams Entertainment in his remarks described what the atmosphere will be after the on-field activities are finished, disclosing that the Group have put together some of the best in local and regional entertainment that will most definitely keep the fans and supporters happy and engaged.
Member of the Organising Committee Carmachand Rambarran gave a brief outline of the day’s activities, informing that gates will be open from 08:00 hrs to accommodate the early arrival of fans, while the teams will assemble shortly, before the start of the semi-finals at 09:30 hrs.
Action will continue during the day with a couple of short intervals to facilitate the numerous giveaways, while at 18:00 hrs President Bharrat Jagdeo is scheduled to arrive and that will be followed by the official formal Opening Ceremony and then the Women’s final with the Men to follow.
Simeon Francis, Chief Security official, urged all to get to the venue early if possible to avoid the build up at the check points, cautioning that all patrons will be checked for compliance with the rules that govern attendance at the Stadium. “No glass bottles will be allowed in the Stadium, while fans are advised to walk with a small pitcher and not the large ones. He said that general patrons are being asked to use the turnstile at the northern section of the facility to enter, while the VIP’s are to use the southern section for entrance to the venue,” Francis mentioned.
Kings Jewellery World representative Marisa Greene in her remarks said that the Company was indeed happy and honoured to be associated with the tournament and called on families to come out and support the event.
Among the other sponsors are Coca Cola, Vita Malt, Tropical Mist, @uto Fashion, Buddy’s, Cell Phone Shack, NCN and Impressions, while the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport, Office of the President and the Guyana Softball League have all played an integral part in the tournament’s success.
Meanwhile, the quarterfinals will be played today at the Everest Sports Club ground and the fixtures are as follows: (Men)- Trophy Stall versus Universal Solutions Tigers; Celebrity Times vs. Sandust XI; Regal XI vs. Affiance Storm and Wolf warriors vs. Adventure Sports Club, while in the (Ladies) Berbice All Stars vs. Wakapoa Females; Mike’s Wellwoman vs. Rising Star II; Lusignan Street Warriors vs. MTWTFSS Warriors and Trophy Stall Angels vs. Falcon Girls.
Starting time is 09:00 hrs.