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Dormant like an inactive volcano, Belize Basketball Federation shows sign of life; announces new Executive Committee members

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Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2022. 8:09 pm CST.

Photo Credit: BBF

By Rubén Morales Iglesias

For all its importance in Belize’s sports, second only to the Football Federation of Belize, the BBF has been inactive for too long. Practically all sports have activated their rank and file and are already organizing tournaments but except for efforts by individual organizations like the Ahmadiyya Basketball League, the sport of basketball has officially been dead.

The National Elite Basketball League, which is a member of the BBF, cancelled its 2020 championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The press release of that cancellation was posted on the BBF Facebook page two days later. That post was the second to last post the BBF made. The last post is about a Game 4 between MMk and Orange Walk on December 18, 2021.

Other than that, the BBF has been dormant like an inactive volcano.

But now it’s coming alive. The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) was to have had elections last Saturday, but these were called off because only one slate was nominated. That slate, led by Jacob Leslie, was simply endorsed because of a lack of opponents.

“Elections were scheduled for this past Saturday, April 2, but only one slate was nominated. Hence, the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) simply endorsed that slate,” said the BBF in a press release dated April 6 but just circulated today, April 7.

The BBF said the Executive Committee is comprised as follows:

President – Jacob Leslie (Belize City)

Vice President – Brodwick Neal (Belize City)

Vice President – Jamall Swazo (Dangriga)

Raul Rosado – General Secretary (Orange Walk Town)

Jason Badillo – Treasurer (Belize City)

Sylvia Clarke – Executive Member (Belize City)

Paul Jex – Executive Member (Lucky Strike)

Carlton Young – Executive Member (Ladyville)

The BBF said the federation “is an independent association composed of national and regional associations which are involved in and are responsible for all aspects of the sport of basketball in the country of Belize. Such associations and local federations are deemed members of the BBF, Belize’s national federation.”

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