Crandon is called up following Tappin’s failed covid-19 test
Kaieteur News – On Thursday night, the Guyana Basketball Federation (GABF) announced that the six-foot-eight-inch (6’8 “) Center, Akeem Crandon, will replace Yonnick Tappin in the national senior men’s 12-man squad competing in the CONCECABA pre-qualifying matches for the FIBA 2023 World Cup.
Crandon had the opportunity because Yonnick Tappin was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list.
In an invited comment with Kaieteur Sport, Crandon stated that “Being given the opportunity to represent Guyana is always a great honor for me. I am ready and ready to take advantage of the records I have been given on the court. I’m always a student of the game so I’ll use this opportunity to learn from the more experienced professional players to improve my court skills.
According to a statement from GABF, they pointed out that this was in line with world governing body regulations, “As stated by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) COVID-19 Protocol for FIBA Competitions Version 3 section 5.1 – Participating Team Delegations – Before traveling, FIBA requires COVID-19 testing of all Team Delegation members, this includes all players and support personnel or any other person connected with the Team team and should be funded by the National Federation.
Prior to leaving for the FIBA Competition, all Team Delegation members are required to undergo a testing regime of two (2) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. Only PCR tests of samples (nasopharyngeal or saliva) collected by a health professional and analyzed by a government-accredited laboratory or a national public health authority to perform PCR tests will be recognized as valid.
FIBA will not accept samples that are self-collecting, antigen or point of care tests. Both (2) PCR tests must be conducted in accordance with the following timeline: • One (1) PCR test taken seven (7) days prior to departure. In case the date is on a bank holiday, or it is not possible to test on the required date, then the test may be exceptionally deferred to six (6) days prior to departure; and • One (1) PCR test taken no later than 48 hours before departure (or in the case of individuals located in the Host’s Country or the Game, arriving at the Game location), or earlier if the host country authorities will require an order to enter the host country.
In case the date is on a bank holiday, or it is not possible to test on the required date, then the test can be predicted to be exceptional to 72 hours before departure. Participants must have at least two (2) copies of the results of these tests, in the English language and the PCR tests must be negative in order to travel to the FIBA Competition. Any participants with positive PCR test results from these tests must immediately isolate and will not travel. “
GABF Secretary General Patrick Haynes has been consulting regularly with the FIBA America Regional Office after learning of the positive result of the PCR test and was advised to immediately remove the player from the team and place him in a quarantine facility . Following FIBA recommendations, the GABF implemented FIBA recommendations. Akeem Crandon will add extra protection to the heavy crime team. The team delegation will have their second PCT test tomorrow and leave on Monday, the 12th.