Guyana: Barbadian veteran racer Mark Maloney recently praised the government of Guyana and called it “visionary”. While lauding the efforts, the racer stated that the government, along with the ministry of youth and sports, has taken various steps to develop motorsports.
Mark Maloney in an interview with a local news channel stated that he thinks that enough youth is not coming towards the sports sector. According to the veteran racer, sports needs probably more youth, not just in driving but also in its management as well as administration.
Furthermore, he underlined, “It takes a lot of energy and a lot of work so one need to volunteer as not everyone is willing to give away time.”
“This sport has a lot of potential,” claimed Maloney.
He further said that it is evident that the government has been investing in the future as it is a visionary government. He added, “Vision needs structure and to get structure you need people so I think I would like to call that who are passionate about sport, not only driving but in admiration side to get involved because without that future will not be as good as it could be.”
The Guyanese government has been putting a lot in the uplifment and advancement of the sports sector of the nation. It has been adopting various initiatives for betterment of the country’s sports sector, especially racing. Recently, the government and the Guyana Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) did a strategic partnership under which the South Dakota Circuit may undergo a massive transformation in less than five months.
According to the government, the length of the track has been doubled to 1.6 miles from just 0.78 miles in the recent years, including one of the longest straights in the region, at half a mile.
Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Doedat Indar after paying a visit to the track expressed high level of satisfaction after witnessing the immense progress in construction works. Post completion, a mega International Race Meet was hosted on November 12-13. The two-day extravaganza, witnessed gathering of drivers and riders from across the Caribbean. Apart from the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship, the final leg of the Caribbean Radical Series will be held, with Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey vying for championship honours in the latter event.
The President of Guyana Dr Irfaan Ali himself attended the sports event and met with the drivers from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and Jamaica, vied for the chequered flag on a rehabilitated and extended circuit. He also assured to develop the South Dakota Circuit into a world-class facility, providing a boost to country’s sports sector along with tourism. President Ali mentioned, “We are a government that when we promise stuff, we deliver it… today we are standing on that development. We worked with the GMR&SC, all of the members, and you can achieve a lot as I think this is one of the best in the Caribbean in terms of what we have put together here.”