Sport has seen another significant increase in its budget allocations, with the government investing $2.2 billion, according to Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh.
Dr Singh made the revelation during his presentation of the 2022 budget on Wednesday in Parliament.
In 2021, $1.5 billion has been budgeted for sports.
Dr Singh clarified that $1.4 billion is budgeted in 2022 for sports infrastructure and development, including the completion of synthetic tracks in Regions 6 and 10; multipurpose sports facilities; the erection of grandstands at the National Athletics Centre; rehabilitation works at the national stadium to support the cricket academy; construction of pavilions in regions 6 and 10; and the purchase of sports equipment.
Of this amount, $250 million is also budgeted for the ongoing improvement of community lands.
In 2021, 25 community pitches in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 were upgraded and preparatory work began for the construction of the multi-purpose sports facilities in Regions 2, 6 and 10.
In addition to this, $45.8 million is also allocated for the maintenance of sports facilities, including the Mackenzie Sports Club, Kwakwani Recreation Center, National Aquatic Center and Colgrain Pool.
In his address, the Minister of Finance further said, “The sports program aims to ensure that all Guyanese have the opportunity to participate in sports activities, thereby channeling energies, abilities and talents to contribute significantly to the national development in its various dimensions.
The investment made in the sector is aimed at ensuring the execution of the President’s vision for a vision of a “bottom-up approach” to sports development.