Clarke is b’ball’s interim regional chief
YET ANOTHER BAJAN has soared to the top of regional basketball.
Long-serving official Glyne Clarke has been named the interim president of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC), and is tipped to eventually head the sport’s regional governing body following next month’s special general meeting.
Clarke was temporarily elevated to the vacated post after age-old president Usie Richards was appointed to lead the FIBA Americas body last week.
“It’s kind of mixed emotions because my emphasis has mainly been on advancing officiating in the area,” admitted Clarke, who has served as vice-president of technical operations since 1996.
“But it is my hope to go on to become president, as there are still countries like Grenada and Dominica that have been around for a while but haven’t been that involved, so we have to get them to understand what CBC has to offer.
“We also want to get regular countries like Barbados to play a greater role in keeping CBC moving forward even though we have been fortunate to see the growth of CBC where it is stable,” he added.
If permanently retained in the position, Clarke, who still officiates domestic games, would become the third Barbadian elevated to the post following Gay Griffith (2000-2004) and the body’s first president Gilmore Stuart (1981-1996).
“Glyne has proven himself a loyal servant to basketball over the years at both the domestic level and from a Caribbean perspective so I think he is more than qualified to do the job,” affirmed Barbados Amateur Basketball Association president Derrick Garrett.
The special general meeting is slated for July 5 in Tortola during the senior men’s tournament of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation’s championships.