GABF confirms 3X3 U23 Men’s National Team for inaugural Caribbean Games
Guyana will be among eight countries participating in the 3x3 Basketball event at the inaugural Caribbean Games scheduled from June 29 to July 3, in Guadeloupe.
A four-member men’s team will attend the five-day meet. The Guyana 3x3 Basketball U23 National Team will be led by team captain Stanton Rose, Timothy Thompson, Yonnick Tappin, and Kimol Grimmond. The Head of the 3x3 Basketball Delegation will be the GABF Youth and 3x3 Coordinator, Sileena Arjune.
All four players, along with the 3x3 Coordinator, returned from Suriname on Thursday after successfully securing their French Visas, which will allow them to enter the French territory of Guadeloupe.
The GABF organised four friendly games against the Suriname 3x3 U23 National team, where Guyana defeated Suriname 3-1. Guyana lost game 1, 15-22 but bounced back by handing Suriname three consecutive losses.
Guyana has been drawn into Group A alongside Saint Lucia, Cuba, and host country Guadeloupe.
The multi-sport games also feature Athletics, Cycling, Futsal, Judo, Swimming, and Netball, with demonstrations of handisport and e-sport.
GABF Secretary-General Patrick Haynes said, “A Caribbean-oriented multi-sports event was a long time in the making, and we at the GABF are pleased to see that it is finally set to become a reality this month. These Games will afford our athletes an opportunity to compete against the region's elite athletes and provide another valuable opportunity for them to gain international experience in competition."
The top two teams from each group will advance to the Semi-Finals, while the rest will compete for the 5-8 spots.
In the Semi-Finals, the top two teams from each group will face the second team of each opposing group. The Semi-Final winners will qualify for the gold medal game, while the losers will play for third place and the bronze medal.