– Guyana to field team for 2011 Int’l Games
By Edison Jefford
The National Special Olympics of Guyana (NSOG) yesterday extended heartfelt gratitude to Republic Bank for enabling the organisation to stage its 2011 International Olympic pre–qualifiers with a financial contribution.
Chairman of the NSOG, Affeeze Khan told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that the contribution will allow the organisation to offset expenses related to its Special Olympic Games on March 1 at the Guyana Defence Force ground.
“The Executive Committee of the NSOG would like to thank our sponsor, Republic Bank who has shared with us the power to make a difference,” Khan said, quoting from half of the creative double–heart designed cheque.
The Bank has given $875,000 toward the event that includes participation from some ten institutions with a combined total of 102 athletes and the possibility of the outstanding ones making the Guyana national team.
National Director of NSOG, Wilton Spencer said that the significance of the local Games is to identify and train athletes for the 2011 International Special Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where Guyana is to participate.
“Coming out of the Games, athletes will be short–listed for training in preparation for the International Games,” Spencer said, adding that while the weather has affected training, athletes were constantly in prior preparation.
Apart from the athletics scheduled for the Defence Force facility, the previous week will see athletes participating in football, bocce (National Gymnasium), Swimming (Colgrain Pool) and Table Tennis at the Sports Hall.
This newspaper understands that there is no collaboration between the NSOG and the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) on this project.
The GOA is the official association responsible for Olympic–type sports in Guyana.
The NSOG is a voluntary, charitable and Non–Government Organisation, which provides year–round training in a variety of Olympic–type sports for males and females ages eight and over with intellectual disabilities.
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