Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) has once again answered the call of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA).
The conglomerate which has sponsored the u-16 tournament for the past five years, will also be in the GBA’s corner when the Caribbean’s first Schoolboys and juniors tournament is staged here tomorrow and Saturday at the Cliff Anderson Sport Hall.
These and other details were disclosed during a media briefing yesterday.
According to Larry Wills, Manager of the Pepsi brand, DDL is pleased to be associated with the “tournament which has expanded beyond our borders and includes participants from St. Lucia and Jamaica.”
Wills went on to state “as sponsor of this event we are pleased with the way in which the tournaments have been organized and executed and we continue to be amazed at the level of professionalism executed by these young boxers. It should be noted also that this tournament will give great exposure to the local boxers who will be competing against regional opponents.”
Wills then assured that Gatorade and Diamond Mineral Water will be readily available to keep the pugilists hydrated throughout the two-day tournament.
President of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle noted that the inaugural event which is being held in celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary confirmed the attendance of the pugilists from St. Lucia and Jamaica.
He reiterated that the tournament is a spinoff of the 13-nation International Goodwill Championship which was held here last November and added that he hopes the event can be an annual fixture despite the association battling on the ropes with regards to funding.
Meanwhile, two of the coaches who were in attendance, Terrence Poole and Sebert Blake appealed to the public to support the event which will see potential future Olympians matching gloves for trophies and medals.
The tournament will be held from 18:00hrs nightly. Admission is $500 for adults, children will be admitted free. See you there. (Emmerson Campbell)