(Georgetown, Guyana, August 6, 2015)-President David Granger has lauded the Upper Mazaruni District Sports Council for their efforts at sustaining their signature annual sporting event where youths from a number of neighbouring Upper Mazaruni villages are given an opportunity to showcase their athletic skills and be involved in something that is uniquely theirs.
The President accompanied by First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger today attended the event which commenced on Monday at the Jawalla Community Center Ground.  Minister of Indigenous People’s Affair, Sydney Allicock, Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Ms. Dawn Hastings, Director of Sports, Christopher Jones were also present.
A cheque in the amount of $1M was presented to the Council by the President who stated that his Government is committing to supporting this event and to making it even bigger since it dovetails his vision for youth development in Guyana.
Granger said the games should be used as a model for other communities around the country to emulate. He noted how pleased he was with the initiative that was birthed in communities within the District.    
“I’m impressed that no government told you to arrange this. All I would like to ask you is that ten months from now I would like the 2016 games to be dedicated to the 50th Independence celebration,” President Granger said.
The President said his Administration will be working to establish proper sporting facilities in all regions so that Guyanese athletes can prepare themselves to compete and excel in whatever discipline they choose.  
This year, participating teams come from villages such as: Arau, Parima, Waramadong, Kamarang, Kako, Quebanang, Jawalla, Imbamadai, Chinoweng, Phillipai and Isseneru.

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