– cities personal constraints
Guyana and University of Texas triple and high jumper, Devon Bond opted out of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games citing personal constraints with meeting what became a financial agreement with the athletics association.
Kaieteur Sport had previously reported that Bond was the only athlete of the seven selected that was yet to confirm his place. The Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) had asked the United States-based athletes to pay their airfare to Puerto Rico.
The agreement was that the US-based athletes were to pay their airfare to Puerto Rico since they were travelling from different states and AAG, and Guyana Olympic Association would refund them fully when athletics manager, Branford Burke arrives in Puerto Rico.
However, Burke told this newspaper that he had received an email from Bond stating that he is unable to meet the criterion that was set out; therefore he would not be able to make his first international debut for Guyana at the CAC Games.
The other athletes confirmed to compete in Puerto Rico include national 400m record holder and former Commonwealth Games Champion, Aliann Pompey, middle distance runner, Marian Burnett, sprinters Adam Harris, Gordon Mackenzie, Lee Prowell and locally-based distance star, Cleveland Forde.
Bond rose to prominence on the US field circuit when he won the 2007 Nike Indoor High Jump Championship, two New Jersey I-AA Championships and was even named the 2006 USATF Athlete of the Year for the young men’s section.
However, a series of injuries had placed him out of competition for sometime until he returned to excellent form as a sophomore for the Texas Longhorns’ Men’s Track and Field team. (Edison Jefford)
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