The facts about athletics today
High performance athletics requires specific biological profiles of athletes and strong physiological traits. The science of training has made impressive steps forward in the past decades, which is one of the main reasons for constant improvement in athletic performances.
Other dramatic improvements have also been made in quantity and quality of training. However, if an individual involve in sport has a biological handicap or lacks the necessary abilities for a given sport, then even an excessive amount of training cannot overcome the initial lack of natural ability in a particular sport.
Therefore, scientific talent identification is vital to high performance athletics, a fact that the athletics Association of Guyana seems not to recognize in selecting teams for high level games overseas. In its haste to select teams for high level games the Athletics Association of Guyana, in so doing, scare financial resources are been wasted sending sub-standers performing athletes abroad only to be eliminated or injured in the first round of competition.
Those not selected for high performance athletics should not be excluded from the sport, they can take part in recreational programmes where they can fulfill their physical and social needs or even participate in lower level competitions.
Optimal training requires optimal criteria for talent identification. The objectivity and reliability of selection criteria has been the preoccupation of high level coaches, and should not be left to the athletics association of Guyana council members debating trips based on personal interest.
Some of the main criteria are health, biometric qualities, heredity, sport facilities and climate, and the availability of specialist. Apart from talent identification, the training factor’s pyramid namely physical, technical, tactical, psychological and theoretical preparation should be incorporated in all athletics training programmes in Guyana. Anything less is a waste of time and valuable resources.
Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.