Story and Photos by Jemima HolmesThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has delved into the sport of football for the first time ever as part of its list of Pinktober activities.The game between Ministry of Public Service and GTT was quite entertainingOver the years of organising activities to bring awareness to the scourge of, and assist in the fight against, cancer, GTT had never incorporated a mainstream sporting activity into its calendar of activities. However, for 2019, the Everest Sports Club was its venue of choice, as the mini tournament was contested on Saturday last.The telecommunications company has recognised the importance of physical activity in the battle against cancer. This year’s Pinktober ambassador, Ambika Ramraj, explained why GTT chose to place such emphasis on physical activity for 2019.A glimpse of the action between the GFF and the Celebrity team“There’s a host of behaviours that we don’t really pay attention to; or lack of behaviours, such as being physically active, that can decrease our chances of having cancer. And looking back at all of those risk factors, we realise that physical activity is one of the major ones, so that’s why we decided to have a football match,” Ramraj explained to Guyana Times Sport.This year’s event took on the form of a mini football tournament wherein four teams, namely GTT, GFF, Ministry of Public Service and a Celebrity team, were involved. The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) played a key role in organising the games, which were extremely exciting. Speaking with this newscast, GFF President Wayne Forde praised GTT for the idea, and for their work in the battle against cancer.“Well, first of all, we want to congratulate the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company for partnering with the Federation, and for the enormous work they’ve been doing over the past couple of years to promote awareness for breast cancer and extending their work to all cancer,” Forde stated.Forde has said he is proud of the role that the GFF has played in the inaugural event, and looks forward to many more like it in future.“I think we all recognise that the Guyana Football Federation, apart from developing football, has a social role to play, and the fact that we can use football to further promote the work that GTT is doing to promote awareness for breast cancer is something that we’re proud of.“Football has a wide reach, and I think it’s a great initiative; and next year, with the requisite planner, it can be bigger and better,” Forde explained.Ramraj shared initiatives with the Football Federation boss, as she revealed that GTT would work to make the event bigger in years to come, and may even look to branch out into other sports.“This is the first time that we’re doing this initiative, but not the last time, for sure. It is something that we plan on continuing, and maybe in future years we’ll change up the sports or add some different sports. Not everybody loves football, but we can find some other sport people can enjoy,” the Pinktober ambassador has said.
GAA president Liam O’Neill has condemned the Tyrone fan who spat at Donegal player Karl Lacey at Healy Park on Sunday.Lacey was the victim of the disgusting incident as he left the pitch via the tunnel at the ground. He wasn’t playing in the Division One clash with Tyrone.Tyrone management has apologised to Karl and have said they will ban the fan – believed to be a pensioner – once he is identified. “If the Tyrone County Board apologised, that’s the correct thing to do,” said O’Neill.“I have always said that any behaviour that makes anyone feel less good about themselves or about being involved in Gaelic games is abhorrent to me.“I wouldn’t condone that type of behaviour and to spit at anyone is disgraceful behaviour.“I really cannot understand the behaviour of anybody who insults or demeans anyone. It has no part in Gaelic games. “My message to those people is ‘we don’t need you’. I don’t want them in our organisation and I don’t want them going to our games. I would appeal to them to go and leave our games to people who want to come and enjoy themselves.” GAA PRESIDENT CONDEMNS FAN WHO SPAT ON DONEGAL PLAYER KARL LACEY was last modified: March 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA PRESIDENT CONDEMNS FAN WHO SPAT ON DONEGAL PLAYER KARL LACEY