AAG to postpone Under-23 Meet
- a lot of work still to be done
By Edison Jefford
In light of the inclement weather and amount of work that has to be done to get the venue ready for the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) Under-23 Championships, President Colin Boyce and Executive mulled a postponement yesterday.
Kaieteur Sport had examined how the weather could postpone the mega meet in an article that appeared yesterday. Boyce, who was unreachable on Wednesday, admitted yesterday that those concerns raised in the article were serious issues.
“If I was to make an assessment now, the ground is soft. You cannot host the meet on a sodden track because remember we have to send up results to the IAAF,” Boyce stated. The meet was scheduled for the Police Sports Club Ground.
Boyce, who was speaking to this newspaper at his office before meeting the Executive to discuss an alternative date for the competition said, “Definitely we cannot runoff the meet this weekend because of the work that has to be done.”
The meet was scheduled for this weekend but consistent rainfall has forced the AAG into what will become their official position today, which is to reschedule the meet at a date to be announced. There were too many areas to address in short time.
“We don’t want to run off the meet minus the fundraiser and many other things have to be done with the ground and so on. We understand too from the ticket sales that it is not at all possible to stage the meet this weekend,” Boyce informed.
The AAG had planned a take-away lunch on the same day of the meet as part of their efforts to raise funds. “You see the way in which the meet was planned, a ticket earns you entry to the venue and chance to win a gate prize” he said. “You cannot really separate the two. It is important that the meet and the fundraiser go hand-in-hand. That is how it was planned from the very beginning,” the AAG President continued, adding that they may have to revert to the initial date.