Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony says the 2012 budget is indicative of government’s firm commitment towards the development of sport, as the administration will continue to invest in the expansion of sport infrastructure. The minister, who also has responsibility for Youth and Culture, made the comment during his budget debate presentation last Saturday evening in the National Assembly.
Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh, during his Gy$ 192.8B budget presentation on March 30, revealed that a sum of Gy$ 675 million has been earmarked for several infrastructural works, including the continuation of the Synthetic track at Leonora, completion of the Bartica Community Centre, upgrading of the National Gymnasium, Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, National Stadium and Colgrain Pool.
Also, the two re-commissioned tennis courts at the Racquet Centre at Non Pariel Park will be equipped with lights. Of that amount, Gy$ 160M has been allocated for the upgrading of sports grounds countrywide, while in an effort to boost Guyana’s chances of hosting major international swimming meets, a 25m warmup pool will be constructed at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal.
“I am pleased with this year’s budget, especially in my sector. It allows us to expand our programmes and to serve our people better,” Dr. Anthony said.
“Building a better Guyana is not about blaming the past or denying our own shortcomings. It is about recognizing that we need to raise above the pettiness, partisan, old style approach to one of better cooperation. It is not about so much where we stand, but in which direction we move. And I say this budget is moving us in the right direction, let’s stay the course for our common prosperity.”
With respect to the Synthetic Track currently under construction, Dr. Anthony said works will move apace on several aspects of that project this year.