The dark clouds now hover over this weekend’s Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Under-23 Championships following the advent of the rainy season that seriously affected the World Twenty/20 Matches that were held in Guyana.
It is clear from local weather reports that the May/June rainy season is here, which places outdoor sports events such as track and field under immense pressure to continue planned programmes in the absence of an all-weather venue.
Track and field does not have the benefits of venues such as the National Stadium, which has one of the best drainage systems in world, and even that could not have stopped some of the WT20 Matches from being shortened or abandoned.
The venue for the mega U-23 track and field meet was not made clear, but AAG President, Colin Boyce had confirmed in a previous interview that the event was planned for this weekend.
However, consistent rainfall will force the association to reconsider the date. It has already rained in Georgetown for more than three days consistently.
Most of the possible venues in Georgetown only require about two days of rain before an event becomes doubtful because of flooding. If it continues to rain today and tomorrow, it will most likely force a postponement of the inaugural event. The AAG had planned the meet to fill an obvious gap between junior and seniors in terms of competitions. The contest attracted major corporate support following the association’s negotiations with corporate giants, Digicel and Banks DIH.
It was a direct offspring of Chavez Ageday’s performance at the South American Under-23 Games earlier this year in Columbia where he made both 100m and 200m finals. The local association wants to create a similar niche in Guyana.
Boyce had informed that clubs will be competing for cash prizes and trophies, stating that a fundraiser was also planned for the day. However, several efforts to contact Boyce for a follow-up on various aspects of the meet proved futile yesterday.
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