Voot gains insight at hoops congress in St. Thomas

The Cayman Islands are among those targeted for growth in three-on-three basketball. 

The Caribbean Basketball Confederation held its 2013 congress in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands this month. Technical director for Cayman basketball Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro represented these Islands at the gathering. 

Among the main talking points was the inclusion of competitions, clinics for coaches and referees and the overall implementation of three-on-three basketball. World governing body Fédération Internationale de Basketball has global mandates in place to grow that version of the sport, with an eye to the Olympics in the future. 

Cayman was one of 16 countries at the St. Thomas conference, with the others being Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Virgin Islands. 

FIBA Americas President Horacio Muratore spoke about the first three-on-three workshop being held in the Caribbean last year, with plans for more sessions and assistance to CBC members, like Cayman, through enhancing national governing bodies. 

Overseeing this month’s conference was CBC President Usie Richards, who expressed his gratitude to St. Thomas. 

“We were very pleased and appreciative of the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism for their efforts in ensuring a successful congress,” Richards said. 

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