Belize hosts regional players in various sports disciplines; government emphasizes investment in sports.
Belize is hosting several regional players in various disciplines. Minister of Sports, Rodwell Ferguson told the media yesterday that Belize should be proud and that the government has recognized more than ever, the need to invest in sports.
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Youth Sports and Transport: “I’m very agitated when I go to Cabinet and Cabinet recognized that sports for young people is a must and it’s important. So we were able to get Cabinet to contribute $150,000, almost $200,000 to the under-17 basketball and the entire budget for CODICADER. We also visited the utility company and each one contributed $150,000 to CODICADER so we were able to find the funds for the under-17 basketball and likewise CODICADER. Sometimes you want to hear negative news but nobody asked me when I became the president of the CONSUCADE what is my role and what is my position.”
Reporter: I did sir.
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Youth Sports and Transport: “You did? Okay ma’am and I am also the vice president of the entire Americas, one of the vice presidents. And with that opportunity I’ve got, I will do everything to raise funds not only for Belize, but for the entire region and you will see a complete difference in sports in the region.”
While the government is investing in these sporting events, the Technical director of Jamaica’s Under-17 basketball team Wayne Dawkins is appealing for support in that country, saying that the team is in need of twenty thousand US dollars to enable participation in this month’s Centrobasketball Championship which will be held in Belize July 26-30. The young Jamaicans are drawn in Group A and will face Panama, Puerto Rico, and Belize in the preliminary round of the competition. According to Dawkins, the Jamaicans must be in Belize by July 24; therefore, the need for the financial assistance has become a matter of urgency if the team is going to compete in the championships.