Second GT&T 10/10 Unveiled

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Guyana Times
Rajiv Bisnauth

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) sponsored 10/10 2011 cricket competition organized by the Guyana Softball League (GSL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports was officially launched last evening at the Guyana International Conference Centre.

GT&T’s CEO Yog Mahadeo speaking at the launch

In delivering brief remarks at the ceremony, President Bharrat Jagdeo congratulated GT&T for their vision in launch yet another competition that will once again bring people throughout the entire country together. The Head of State said that competition of such nature can become the incubator for the next wave of cricketers in Guyana.

Jagdeo said his government is fully supportive of the tournament and any activity that would bring people together. He further stated that a big effort is needed to restore cricket in the school system so that the youths can have an opportunity to play the game.

Jagdeo also mentioned that over the years huge amounts have been invested cricket and other sports. However, while the development of the various sporting facilities is essential, the head of state noted that sound management and a vision of the sectors themselves is needed.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Frank Anthony, expressed his pleasure that GT& T has yet again put together another grand event. He said that at the commencement of this tournament last year there were a lot of skepticism on whether such a huge tournament can really work in Guyana, but the methodology used have really paid off.

Female dancers at Softball T10 launching.

The Sports Minister further mentioned that softball is a favorite game in almost every street and community in Guyana. Dr. Anthony told the gathering that once sports is being played in communities it will eventually occupy the people living in that particular community; it also enhance positive attitude and enable those involved to live a healthy life.

The minister said that this year’s tournament is already set to be even bigger with some one thousand teams expected to participate, however this is not beyond its reach and is confident that the target will be met. Dr. Anthony also lauded the organisers for introducing a female segment to this year’s competition. He stressed the fact that the initiative compliments the ministry’s tireless plot to institute sports at the community level.

GT& T’s Chief Executive Officer, Yog Mahadeo, said that last year $5 million was given away in cash and prizes with over $ 20 million invested in the tournament. However, this year the tournament will attract $10 million in cash and prizes and some $30 million is expected to be spent. The CEO further stated that this year the winning male team will cart off $2 million, while the top female team will receive $1 million.

“This year marks another special occasion for GT& T as we will usher in a new age of technological advancement,” related the CEO. He said that this attests to GT& T’s continued commitment to fulfilling its social role.

In that respect, he said that the entity is proud of its contribution to Guyana’s development, a cause to which GT& T takes a multi-faceted approach. The CEO said that this is the celebration of the big year ahead for the company; he said that softball was chosen as the medium for their message because it serves for a complete integration of all Guyanese.

Interested teams can uplift their registration forms from a cut-out from the daily Stabroek News and drop them off at any GT& T’s business offices or any GSL representative, Auto Fashions or any Cell Phone Shack location. Registration for the tournament is free of charge and will run until January 25. The competition will be run under the rule- book of the Guyana Softball League and is set to bowl off on February 12.

The 2010 tournament, which received participation from some 584 teams, has been deemed the biggest and most successful softball event ever staged locally, to date.

In the inaugural tournament, Trophy Stall XI emerged champions over the Crabwood Creek Unstoppables by 51 runs, and walked away with the top prize of $ 1 million.

President Bharrat Jagdeo, GT&T CEO Yog Mahadeo, Sport Minister Dr. Frank Anthony, and Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh at last evening’s launch.
GT&T staff unveil the 2011 tournament mascot.