Basketball Association president disturbed by attempted arson at JSC Sports Complex

An act of vandalism has taken place at one of the sporting facilities
and is being condemned by the executive of the Antigua and
Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA).

Reports say that someone made attempts to start a fire in the middle
of the court at the JSC Sports Complex in the early hours of
Thursday, January 25.

The fire was put out before it could spread and cause more damage,
and the executive was informed about the incident.

Sources say that an assessment was made, and, fortunately, there
was only minor damage to the playing surface. The burnt pieces of
flooring were removed and replaced.

However, reports say that ABBA President Michael Freeland could
not imagine why someone would light a fire in the complex. He says

it is ridiculous – and alarming, as well – and condemned the act and
all acts of vandalism.

Freeland says the executive will be filing a police report on the
matter, and he called on patrons to cease and desist from
vandalizing the complex.

Freeland notes that this type of wanton act “will only cause harm to
the sport (basketball) and our youth, especially, as many use the
facility on a daily basis – whether it be for practice sessions, school
games or just to stay in shape.”

An appeal is also being made to residents of the surrounding
communities to watch out for vandals and to work together to keep
the facility in proper condition.

Efforts reportedly will be made to increase security measures at the
facility, since there have been several previous cases of vandalism
and attempted break-ins. However, nothing as setious as the
attempted arson has taken place before.

Very recently, some unknown person vandalized two government
buildings: The St. John’s Magistrates’ Court and the Ministry of
Public Works both had windows broken out.