The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) is pleased overall of the performance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games team despite being unable to secure a medal in Glasgow, Scotland.
“Unfortunately we did not get any medals but I do believe that there were performances that we can be proud of,” said GOA President KA Juman Yassin a media briefing yesterday at the GOA’s head office in Kingston.
Team Manager Garfield Wiltshire highlighted that the rifle shooters barley missed out on bronze after finishing five points out of the position.
Yassin informed that squash player Nicolette Fernandes’ performance in the round of 16 was the pinnacle of the event for him since her “gutsy” performances received a “standing ovation”.
The general consensus of the managers present was that all the stakeholders needed to be involved with sport for it to move forward as Guyana have to play catch up with the rest of the world.
Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) President Godfrey Munroe summed things up nicely by stating that “countries are investing heavily in sport and most of the countries and winners that receive medals had the full backing of their government and various stakeholders.”
Yassin noted that Guyana has no full time athlete and coach and a programme of such would be needed if the nation was to medal at any major meet. He was optimistic that the GOA and government can work together for the improvement of sports generally especially track and field in view of the synthetic track at Leonora being opened.
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