Guyana Softball Cup 5 Launched
With the full support of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government, the fifth annual International Softball Tournament “Guyana Softball Cup 5” was officially launched on Thursday at the Georgetown Cricket Club Pavilion.
The organisers, the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) announced that this year, the event will see a record number of teams participating, as well as a Caribbean atmosphere throughout the three-day event. Set for October 30, 31 and November 1, the Guyana Softball Cup will see seven teams come from the New York area, two from the State of Florida and two from Canada, all heading to Guyana to compete with 15 local teams in 48 matches all together.
Teams will be competing in the usual Open and Master’s categories. In the Open category, the winner will receive the winning trophy and $800,000, while the runners-up will walk away with $200,000. The winner of the master’s competition will take home $600,000 and the winning trophy, while the runners-up will get $150,000.
The Player of the Series in both categories will be the recipient of one softball bracelet. Three lucky spectators at the final will win a return trip to Barbados.
At the impressive launching, National Sports Commission Administrative Officer Gurvy Harry, in delivering the feature address, told the gathering that the Government of Guyana would not shirk its responsibilities towards sport and athletes. He noted that the Guyana Softball Cup 5 has full support from the ruling administration, and that support was unquestionable.
“The Government has a pledge and will definitely live up to that pledge, which is to support sport and its athletes,” Harry said. He called for the continued support of the group who has set the benchmark for softball cricket in Guyana. Harry lauded the GFSCA for its consistency in developing the sport, noting that the Guyana Softball Cup added to the country’s calendar of events, and was one which united families and friends from overseas.
Earlier, GFSCA Acting President Jailall Deodass highlighted that the tournament has become a flagship event of the association. GFSCA Secretary Lalta Gainda noted that the tournament has grown over the years and has become the single largest tournament locally.
In brief remarks, ANSA McAL Public Relations Officer (PRO) Darshanie Yusuf said the company, via its Stag Beer brand, was proud to be part of the competition for the second year. A representative of Clear Water, the official water for the tournament, Atisha Issas echoed similar sentiments, stating her company’s pleasure in being part of the tournament for yet another year.
The tournament, which costs approximately $9 million, will see Wolf’s Warriors defending their Open title, while Floodlights will look to retain the Master’s title.