National Sports Database features unveiled
GINA, GUYANA, Thursday, October 27, 2016
The National Sport Database was today unveiled at the National Sports Commission (NSC), Homestretch Avenue. The database will be the first local online database for sports.
The company contracted for the project is IntellectStorm, an Information Technology based solutions and marketing company. It is being
done at a startup cost of $2.8 million. The company will be gathering data from as far back as the 1950s to digitally document the achievement of the country’s athletes from all disciplines.
The database will also have a Facebook page that would allow the public to have access to information on athletes.
Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, said that the E-Governance Unit would be providing technical guidance to IntellectStorm. According
to Jones such collaboration, would significantly help in the development of Guyana’s athletes.
Jones stated that “the database will be used to monitor training and development of athletes.”
Additionally, Commissioner at the NSC, Edison Jeffers, noted that the step taken by the NSC is historic since information on local athletes has been a bugbear in sports in the country.
Jeffers pointed out that following athletes progress will commence from the school level. He said that the NSC will be “chronicling the athletes progress from the inter-schools level right though to nationals.”
In a recent interview with the Government Information Agency, Jones had pointed out that the database would not only have information on athletes but also on coaches who will be selected to be trained overseas.
The Director further explained that having coaches certified with the requisite skills by the international sporting body, they will be better able to train athletes in their various disciplines.
By: Isaiah Braithwaite