Oct 03, 2010 Sports
– Upbeat over chances
Guyana’s contingent at the Commonwealth Games, which opens today in India, participated in the official Teams Welcome held yesterday in the Games Village.
The athletes were welcomed at the ceremony by the Mayor of the Commonwealth Village, who met and took pictures with all teams.
The Guyana team was grouped with several countries, which included Cyprus, Malawi, Lesotho and the Cayman Islands, as the countries were officially met in groups.
Kaieteur Sport spoke with several officials at the games including the boxing team manager Steve Ninvalle and Coach Terrence Poole. They among others indicated that the athletes were in excellent frame of mind and were also in an expectant mood of doing well ahead of today’s opening ceremony.
This newspaper has learnt that middle distance athlete Cleveland Forde will be Guyana’s flag bearer at today’s opening.
Meanwhile, on the boxers, Poole informed that all three fighters, Clevon Rock, Dexter Jordan and Devon Boatswain made the prescribed weight in their respective categories of Light, Flyweight and Middleweight. Poole also noted that over the next few days it’s all about maintaining the weight and fine tuning including mentally for the impending action.
The boxers are to have their official weigh in and medical done sometime today or tomorrow.
It was disclosed that the fighters have a tough assignment ahead as they negotiate a large field to progress to the latter stages. In Rock’s division there are 33 other fighters seeking that coveted medal, while Jordan’s has 18 and Boatswain 30. The youngsters are however not focusing on the numbers but rather one fight at a time as they seem determine to enter the medal rounds.
Ninvalle, who is also a Government MP and president of the amateur boxing body, opined that while the boxers will have to fight hard to advance, the rugby team will step into the fire right off. They are down to challenge Scotland then New Zealand in their first two games. The ruggers have been impressive in regional tournaments and have won all their warm up games in preparation for these games and are expected to represent win or lose. All Guyana will pray for victory.
In has also been reported that rifle shooter Ransford Goodluck fought off a bout of the flu, and while weakened, was feeling better and was able to train yesterday. The rifle shooters all have international experience and are expected to do well.
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