Cuban athletics coach promised
Guyanese athletes are closer to having a state-of-the-art athletic track at their disposal as the completion of the synthetic track is near, according to a release from the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport (MCYS). In the not too distant future a Cuban Coach is also on the cards to train local athletes in the hope of improving Guyana’s fortunes.
The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, Permanent Secretary, Alfred King and the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Steve Ninvalle visited the synthetic track at Leonora recently.
With regards to the track itself, Minister Anthony emphasized that they are anxiously awaiting the completion of the track which was to be done over the weekend.
The German company, RUGAPOL, had a small percentage of the surface left to lay.
Upon the completion of that aspect, some specialists will be coming to do the lanes. This component will also be done by the RUGAPOL.
The Minister reported that the football field which is in the middle of the track is ready for use. Curators from the National Stadium are also working on the facility. “So in another two weeks or so it would be even better,” the Minister said.
In another month the roof of one of the stands and the finishing touches would also be completed, and thereafter focus will be on completing the other stand, the release noted.
With regards to the club house, Minister Anthony indicated that the contractor is behind schedule. He explained that the Ministry will do an appraisal of his work and if he is not able to deliver in a timely manner then other alternatives would be considered.
Minister Anthony pointed out that with funds from this year’s budget, utilities such as washrooms, water and electricity, would be added. “By the end of the year we would have a functional facility,” he said. With the completion of the two stands, track, football field and the club house the facility can become functional later in the year.”
Looking ahead, the Minister explained that with future budgets other stands would be installed. With regards to lighting, Minister Anthony noted that the company which installed the stadium lights would be asked to prepare an estimate for the lights at the track. They would be visiting Guyana shortly.
When completed, sport associations can seek permission from the Ministry to use the facility.
Importantly, the Ministry is also brining in an athletics coach from Cuba to boost track and field. A coaching programme would be developed and special attention would be on those athletes who represent Guyana in international meets.
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