– exposure of athletes paramount
By Franklin Wilson
Director of Sport Neil Kumar has disclosed that he is confident the Guyanese athletes, who will be flying the Golden
Arrowhead in the second leg of this year’s Inter Guiana Games (IGG) in Suriname which also involves French Guiana, will do their country proud.
Kumar, speaking with this newspaper yesterday ahead of the team’s departure today disclosed that the athletes representing volleyball (male and female), table tennis, badminton, cycling and chess are well prepared for the task at hand.
Following the first leg of the IGG held here in July/August last, Guyana is in the overall lead following competition in basketball, swimming and track & field; the locals won the latter competition in a direct face off with Suriname since French Guiana did not compete, came second in male and female basketball while placing third in swimming among the three nations.
“I know that these athletes have been working hard over the past few months are eager to take on their competition in Suriname. As Director of Sport, I feel pleased with the fact that they will be getting much needed exposure at this level which will enhance their development.”
Kumar noted that the cyclists are an experienced unit that will be led by 2014 Caribbean Junior Road Race bronze medalist Alanzo Ambrose and Akeem Arthur who also competed at this year’s Caribbean competition but was plagued by mechanical problems.
Guyana are the defending cycling champions and will be seeking to maintain their dominance. On the badminton court, the experience of the Ramdhani siblings, Narayan and Priyanna will be stand out.
The four-member table tennis and chess teams will also be focused in taking care of their rivals in order to win the top places. Kyle Edghill and Elishaba Johnson will carry the charge on the ping pong tables, while Haifeng Su will set the pace on the chess board.
The male and female volleyball teams are the largest contingents and much is expected to them. Volleyball has been on the upward climb with the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) participating in a number of overseas tournaments while also hosting at home which has ensured constant exposure for the players.
Kumar also disclosed that the relevant insurance for the players and travelling party along with all other logistics are in place. The team will be escorted by members of the Guyana Police Force en route to Molsen Creek.
“I would like to thank all who would have worked to pull together all the arrangements for this contingent to travel especially the organizing committee which has really worked beyond the call of duty to put everything in order.”
The aim of the IGG which attracts under-19 athletes is to create an opportunity for students to compete in different disciplines – focusing on better sports results and fostering better understanding of each other’s culture.
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