GAPF selects 5 for IPF/NAPF Powerlifting C/ships in Puerto Rico
World record hopeful Vijay Rahim among 3 denied US Visa, appeal submitted
By Franklin Wilson
Following their historical performance at the 4th IPF/NPAF Caribbean Islands Bench Press & Powerlifting Championships held at the Princess Hotel March 18-20, 2010 where Guyana hosting for the first time won the team championships and raked in a number of individual medals, the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) is seeking more glory at a higher level.
Yesterday, president of the GAPF Peter Green disclosed the names of Guyana’s athletes to the IPF/NAPF North American Regional Powerlifting Championships set for Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, from August 4-7, 2010.
And while the other athletes have secured their US Visas for the championships, the fate of World Record hopeful Vijay Rahim who is on the verge of setting an IPF World Record in the Sub-Junior category hangs in the balance, his US Visa application request being turned down.
The GAPF along with the NAPF have filed an appeal to the Consular General of the Embassy of the United States in Guyana and are hoping that Rahim will be able to get the necessary Visa to travel to Puerto Rico where he will attempt the World Record.
Federation President Peter Green said that he is quite confident 18 year-old Rahim will be successful in attempting to set a dead lift record of 221kg in the 56kg weight class after achieving 215 at the Caribbean Championships in Guyana which is a new record at these championships.
Rahim was not alone with regards to being turned down; Tariq and Wazim Immamdeen were also refused US Visas.
The other members of team Guyana travelling to Puerto Rico are Kenneth Melville (Junior National 110kg champ), Richard Mark Seymour (110kg Caribbean silver medalist), Winston Stoby (Reigning 75kg Masters M2 Champ) and Reigning Caribbean and National 82.5kg Champion Randolph Morgan.
Chatting with the media yesterday at Basic Beauty Saloon, North Road, Georgetown, GAPF Boss Peter Green stated that if by July 29th there is no definitive word from the US Embassy here, the local governing body will attempt to send Rahim to the South American Championships slated for Uruguay from August 5-8, 2010 since they are convinced the young promising Guyanese can set a new world record.
“We are backing our athlete 100% to achieve the World mark and will go all the way to ensure that he is given that opportunity to make us and himself proud.”
Green also stated that he is following up on another option for Rahim to break the World record since this is his final year as a sub junior.
Managing the team to Puerto Rico will be GAPF Executive Committee Member Gordon Spencer while Treasurer Denroy Livan will attend an Information Technology seminar on the Electronic Scoring System. Referee Karan Dutt who left yesterday will be sitting the Referee Examinations.
Green lamented the fact that his Federation had ear marked more athletes for the Puerto Rico Championships but due to Visa refusals and the high cost of travelling, they were forced to reduce the numbers.
But despite the challenges, Green said he is confident that his athletes will excel at every level since they are all very talented and hungry to make their country proud.
The sport he said has come a long way and has also proven that they can take on the best in the Caribbean, Region and the World and defeat them.
He thanked all the sponsors who have come on board via the federation and individually based on the approach of the athletes to facilitate their travel to Puerto Rico.
“At the appropriate time we as a Federation will show our appreciation to all those sponsors who have stuck it out with us and I want to assure them that they will not be disappointed with the returns on their partnerships with the Federation.”