Guyana not send full-fledged contingent to NACAC Cross Country race
Guyana may not be sending a full-fledged contingent to the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country race scheduled for March 17 in Trinidad and Tobago, which is a paradigm shift from what obtained last year.
Sources close to the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) have informed Kaieteur Sport that the undertaking last year nearly dried the financial coffers of the association as it aimed to extend its mission of participating in international meets at all levels.
“It was a very expensive undertaking last year, and to be honest we did not get the results we had hoped for, so I don’t think we will be going down that road again this year, especially when there are priority meets like the CARIFTA Games, Olympics etc.,” the source said.
As a result, it was understood that Guyana might just be sending a maximum of two athletes, and yet there was no confirmation on that, if they do participate. When contacted, the AAG President Colin Boyce said that the association will meet to discuss the issue.
Last year an eight-member, which included two athletes from the hinterland, Doretta Wilson and Hezron Pedro, represented Guyana at the NACAC race in Trinidad. The Guyana Defence Force distance ace, Wilbert Mingo was the captain of that 2011 team.
The other members of that team included Dennis Horatio, Cleveland Thomas, Cleveland Forde, Nathaniel Giddings and Lethem-based manager, Sonja Abraham. Forde was the highest placed among the Guyanese athletes, finishing 11th overall in the race.
Forde won the AAG Cross Country race two weekends ago, and is likely to be up for the highest consideration to compete again this year. Alika Morgan won the female version of the local race and may also be considered to compete in Trinidad next month.
One of Boyce’s initiatives since he became AAG President has been to have representation at the international level in every major meet. The association will formally announce its plans soon as it relates to participating in the NACAC Cross Country race. (Edison Jefford)