Guyana sending full contingent to ALBA Games
Guyana will field a full-fledged contingent to the upcoming Games of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) that will be held during July 17-30 in Venezuela, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport revealed yesterday.
The ministry held a press conference yesterday where details of Guyana’s participation in the event were disclosed.
According to Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, Guyana will be participating for the first time in the four-year history of the event.
He identified Hugh Denbow as the Chef-de-Mission for the Games, stating that competition in the event will be very high. Anthony said that the various associations, of participating disciplines, will be bear the travel expenses for their teams.
The disciplines represented with full teams included Track and Field, Boxing, Cycling, Karate and Table Tennis.
Swimming was expected to be represented but owed to another overseas engagement, the disciplined opted out of the ALBA Games.
Parliamentary Secretary, Steve Ninvalle, told Kaieteur Sport that each association was expected to be preparing for the event, which they knew of in ample time. Ninvalle stated that each of the representative association had a presence on a planning committee.
“I would hope that each association was doing its preparation. Everyone should be prepared for this event because it is expected to be very tough competition,” Ninvalle said, adding that the extremely competitive Cubans are expected to participate.
Speaking more specifically about boxing, of which he serves as President of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association, Ninvalle informed that two of his boxers, Steffon Gouveia and Bert Braithwaite are at the Pan American Games and should return to join fists with the other boxers for the ALBA Games.
Ninvalle fancied Guyana chances at doing well in boxing since he said that most of the team are on the ‘Road to London’ drive. In addition, he said that Guyana should do well overall because we will have the support of a contingent in Venezuela.