After a decade of absence from regional basketball, the Federation’s ball weaves will make a return to regional competition at the Caribbean Basketball Championships Under-16 tournament in July in Guyana.
General Secretary Wallis Wilkin speaking with the media at the opening of the League on Sunday (Apr.3), explained that the Federation received an invitation from the regional body, to which they responded with their commitment to compete.
“We have given them our commitment that we will sending a team, but we have not yet began preparation as yet, we will be doing that shortly,” Mr. Wilkin said.
According to the Wilkin, selection and preparation for the team is currently being curtailed by the playing of the junior league which is nearing its end.
He noted that upon the conclusion of that tournament the players will be selected to begin training and a final squad will be released to travel to Guyana for the Championship later this year.
“We are excited about that and it will be our first time participating in a junior league and we are very happy about tha,.” he added.
St. Kitts and Nevis last participated at a CBC tournament in 2006 and the General Secretary is of the view that this will spur future participation in regional tournament.,
“Once successful at this competition I think it would mark the beginning of our new focus moving forward in terms of developing a national team to participate on the regional level on a more consistent basism” he stated.
The St. Kitts- Nevis Amateur Basketball association has found it difficult over the last few years to field a team at regional competitions, Wilkins told The Observer during an interview last year.
Just last year the federation was unable to participate at the Men’s and Women’s regional competition.
However, St. Kitts and Nevis plays in the OECS sub-regional competitions, with the last participation being in 2014, The Observer understands.
The CBC U16 tournament will be played from the 4-17 July at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana.
The competition will see 12 teams including St. Kitts and Nevis playing, while eight females countries will battle for supremacy.