French Guiana puts on impressive show
- as IGG officially opens at Baduel Stadium
By Edison Jefford
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The 2010 Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) was officially opened yesterday in French Guiana with President of the General Council of the Colony, Alain Tien-Long stating that the event is the best way for young people of the Guianas to come together.
The French Colony hosted an impressive ceremony at the Baduel Stadium in Cayenne, treating the other participating nations, Guyana, Suriname and Amapa Brazil to a taste of their culture in song and dance before an orchestra performed each country’s anthem.
“I want to congratulate those people who combine for the success of the Games and I want those young people to know that this Games is a good opportunity to come together as youngsters and meet over different things,” Tien-Long stated in his speech.
The official, who holds one of the highest offices in French Guiana, told the massive crowd that turned out to witness the ceremony, other officials and athletes that sport is one of the best ways to foster national and international friendship and peace.
Senior Inspector of National Education in French Guiana, Moise Sorreze placed the games into an education and political context when he said that the intention among the three Guianas is to be able to educate young athletes and maintain a relationship.
“We have to recall the roots of the Games and the spirit of Olympism, which centres on respect and excellence. We have to understand the cost of effort and respect each other. These Games are part of our celebration of those spirits,” Sorreze believed.
He said that the sport combines sports, education and culture for a unique fusion of political and educational values. His counter-part, Deputy Mayor of Cayenne was of the view that the Games must now expand to include other regions of the Guianas.
“With Brazil already a part of this year’s event, I hope that Venezuela will join us and then we’ll have a meeting of all five Guianas. I want to congratulate those who have come together to put a magnificent Games together,” Marie-Laure Phinera-Horth said.
In response, Guyana’s National Director of Sport, Neil Kumar said that the emphasis on youth is a deliberate attempt to prove that youth are a country’s greatest assets and their development will not be taken for granted at the IGG Council level.
Kumar said that the trail that the young athletes are leaving behind is testament to the fact the Games is growing and will become something of international significance in the near future.
“I am pleased to announce the Games is now an adult,” he said.