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Caribbean Premier League to boost Guyana’s Tourism and Hospitality sector – 10th May 2013

Namibia-v-Canada-ICC-World-Cricket-League-Championship-23rd-match-Match-recap-Canada-secure-2-wicket-win-144906The Caribbean Premier League that is scheduled for June to August, will provide significant benefits for Guyana, especially in the Tourism and Hospitality sector. Six franchise teams will contest the inaugural 20/20 league, which is sponsored by VERUS International. Guyana has been named as one of the Host venues for the franchise venues. Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali said that his Ministry is looking forward to putting Guyana on show for the world.

Minister Alli said the Caribbean diaspora is expected to descend on the Caribbean and Guyana for the games and this will be a huge revenue spinner for the region.

With the expected increase in air traffic, Minister Alli said a high level team from Caribbean Airlines will be in Guyana soon to address the upcoming peak season. Guyana is expected to have 5 matches during the 8-week duration of the tournament.

The GFA football season for 2013 kicks off on Sunday with 16 Georgetown teams set to battle it out for over 2 million dollars in cash and trophies. The action gets underway at the GFC ground and will continue on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The tournament will be sponsored by Banks DIH.

Table tennis players are in action this evening at the National Gymnasium Mandela Avenue for the start of the GTTA/Nat Sports Commission Independence meet. The U-9 and U-11 categories are being contested today. The action continues on Saturday at the same venue.

And Squash players will take to the Georgetown Club Courts again on Sunday to continue matches in the Guyana Squash Association Junior championships. The event is sponsored by Woodpecker Products and is being played using a best in 3 format for the U-11 and a best in five for the U-13 and U-15 categories  So far Shomari Wiltshire has won twice playing in both U-11 and U-13 categories.  All the players will play each other in a round robin format.

And Guyana’s first World Boxing title holder, Andrew ‘Six Head’ Lewis may soon dust off his gloves and step in the ring after a five-year break from the sport that brought Guyana its only Olympic medal. Lewis is 42 now and if all goes well could fight Jamaican Sakina Mullings later this year. At stake is the vacant World Boxing Association  fedcar title.

‘Six head’ was called out by Mullings after the Jamaican won by unanimous decision to claim the WBC CABOFE Welterweight crown from former world rater Howard Eastman at the Princess Hotel in April.

Secretary of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control Eion Jardine is said to be close to the negotiations and said that ‘Six head’ is committed to stepping into the ring with Mullings. Lewis’ professional record is 23–4  with 2 draws and 20 knockouts, while Mullings is 12 professional fights, has just 1 loss with 7 knockouts.

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