GASA to receive funding from International Swimming Federation
DPI, GUYANA, Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Aquatic sport in Guyana is expected to be spectacular this year after coming off a phenomenal 2017. This is according to President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA), Ivan Persaud.
During an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Persaud said this will largely be due to the financial assistance the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) is expected to receive from Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) the International Swimming Federation, over the next four years.
Persaud noted that the appeal was made to FINA in 2015 by the lesser South American nations for financial assistance to boost their capacity.
“We were guaranteed monies from FINA, so we have a couple of weeks’ time to send in all of our programmes. We had meetings regarding this and we are sure that for the next four years we will be getting finances coming to Guyana. This will at least help with our outreach programmes, our training programmes for our national team for the Inter-Guiana Games, for the Goodwill team which will be held in Barbados. So now it is a bit easier for us to manoeuvre,” Persaud stated.
However, the GASA president said before the funds can be acquired, FINA requires that several prerequisites are met, included in this is an audited financial statement. Persaud explained that “FINA wants us to be in good stead financially… we had a meeting with our auditors and very shortly we will be getting a sign-off on our audited financial statements which are also a requirement at the National Sports Commission and the Government of Guyana. So, I can safely say that very shortly, the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association will be on par with the other associations who boast of having financial statements.”
The funding from FINA will allow the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association to effectively carry out its work programme for 2018, something which posed a challenge for the association in 2017.
By: Isaiah Braithwaite
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