Aug 11, 2010 Sports
By Sean Devers
The Guyana Karate College (GKC) is preparing to host the 11th International Shotokan Federation (ISKF) Pan American Karate Championships from August 12-15 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall after this event was last staged in Guyana 21 years ago.
The local team is a young but talented one with most of its members under 16 years and yesterday GT&T’s Director of Marketing and Sales Wystan Robertson presented a $500,000 cheque to female Karateka Ashley Lopes to assist preparations.
The last time this event was held in 2004, Barbadian Cameron King reclaimed the title he had previously won in 1999. The Pan American Karate Championships has attracted 12 teams this year and eight of the world’s top Instructors are scheduled to be present.
Eighty-year-old Teruyuki Okazaki, ISKF’s 10th Dan Black Belt Chief Instructor along with 79-year-old 8th Dan Sensei Yutaka Yaguchi should give plenty of credence to the four-day tournament while ISKF President Paul Ribner and Technical Director James Fields are also expected to be in Guyana for the tournament.
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods and is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop). Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles.
Eight-Dan Canadian based Frank Woon-a-Tai is Guyana’s most decorated Karateka and is also scheduled to be in Guyana later this month for the Pan American tournament.
Speaking at yesterday GT&T presentation at the Company’s Canteen, Chairman for the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Championships Shaun McGrath thanked GT&T for their support and said that like GT&T, the young Guyana team is getting better all the time.
Robertson said GT&T was pleased to be associated with the Karate team adding that his company is always glad to get involved in anything that has the potential to develop Guyana’s youths and promote a healthy lifestyle.
McGrath said that Karate is not just a sport but a way of life and pointed out that people like Okazaki and Yaguchi are still very active despite their old age.
Berbice ‘A’ cricket team to be launched in September with visit to Demerara
The Berbice Cricket Board in mid September would launch it’s Berbice ‘A’ team with a planned a trip to Demerara.
The BCB has decided to form an ‘A’ team for the county as part of a development programme to expose upcoming players who perform well in cricket tournaments but are unable to find a place in the county’s senior team.
The Board is currently in discussion with the relevant authorities to enable the team to play a Demerara ‘A’ team on Saturday September 18 and a cricket club on Sunday September 19 at venues in Georgetown.
Chairman of the BCB Special Events Committee, Hilbert Foster, whose committee is spearheading the visit, stated that with nine Berbicians heading to South Africa as apart of the Guyana team and with Brandon Bess and Veersammy Permaul at the West Indies Cricket Academy in Barbados, many promising players in Berbice might find it difficult to make the senior team and as such the BCB is seeking ways to encourage them and also to aid in their development. Good performances at the ‘A’ level could lead to elevation to the senior level.
The ‘A’ team would be for only under-23 players and would consist of eight senior players and five promising junior players. Players like Eugene LaFluer, Anthony Bramble, Krisendat Ramoo and Stephen Latcha are expected to be a part of the team.
The BCB would also be arranging four teams from Demerara and Essequibo to visit Berbice to play against the ‘A’ team.
Guyana continue good performance at Pan Am Badminton c/ships
The Individual Championships of the XIX Pan American Junior Championships continued yesterday in the Dominican Republic with Guyana continuing their good performances from the opening day.
Guyanese players Narayan & Priyanna Ramdhani both won in the Second Round Under-11 and 13 Singles and secured their places in the Quarterfinals. In the Under 13 Mixed Doubles Narayan Ramdhani also secured a place in the Quarterfinals. The results of the matches for the Guyanese Players are as follows:
Under 11 Girls Singles Round 3: Priyanna Ramdhani (GUY) defeated Lauren Villalobos (Costa Rica) 21-5, 21-8
Under 13 Boys Singles Round 2: Narayan Ramdhani (GUY) defeated Alexander Hernandez (Venezuela) 21-4, 21-3
Under 13 Mixed Doubles Round 2: Narayan Ramdhani (GUY)/Ester Reynolds (JAM) defeated Shea Martin/Amanda Haywood (Barbados) 21-16, 14-21, 14-21
The tournament continues today at 9:00am.
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