Christopher Jones appointed as Sports Director; plans to establish Sport Policy

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By Fareeza Haniff

Director of Sports, Christopher Jones.
Director of Sports, Christopher Jones.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Member of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Christopher Jones has been appointed as Director of Sport and his number one priority is establishing a National Sports Policy.

During an interview with iNews on Friday, June 05, Jones explained that this policy will facilitate the direction of the sports sector in Guyana and will also serve as a vision.

“There is also an urgent need to establish relationships with many of those federations and associations that are out there because for reasons best known to the previous body, those relationships were strained or even absent,” Jones told iNews.

He also intends to enhance the facilities currently in operation and improve their capacity.

“We’re doing some field visits to some of these locations now and there are a lot of upgrades of those facilities that needs to be done.”

He admitted that “a lot” of work is needed to lift the image of the sport sector in Guyana, point out that “it is not in its best state based on some documentation and interactions I had in the office.”

As such, Jones plans to send some staff for overseas training as soon as possible in order to improve their skills and effectiveness. The Sports sector, he noted, will also place emphasis on its Public Relations Department, which he pointed out is almost nonexistent.

In this regard, the sector will officially launch its Facebook Page on June 10.

6 COMMENTS

  1. This is an area of LIFE in Guyana which badly needs YOUTHFUL thinking and planning and it is my belief that young Christopher Jones is well experienced and motivated to do a good job. Best wishes to him.

  2. Derrick, did I miss something in the director’s comment? He had to do a holistic approach to remedy the state of sports in Guyana. That means every sport. Yes, cricket is the Goliath in Guyana. However, it is not the only sport that generates interest. Ine of his biggest challenge is to develop relationships with the heads of each category of sport and treat them with the same level of importance. This has been sorely lacking in the previous administration.

  3. Sports In Guyana:

    Firstly, what can a National Sports Director do for the advancement of all sports in Guyana?

    As far as I am aware, the National Sport, or the sport that seems to evoke the most enthusiasm in Guyana is CRICKET.

    And what about Football, Netball, Racket ball, and Chess?

    Is the state the only entity that is expected to promote, finance, or provide equipment, building, and playgrounds?

    Athletic sports require lots of planning, financing, organizing, social advocacy, and broadcasting, for interest to be generated.

    Derryck S. Griffith.

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