By Franklin Wilson in Suriname
Compliments of Crown Mining Supply
and Fazia’s Collection
The Team Time Trials at 08:00hrs will start what is anticipated to be a hectic day of competition
between teams from host Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana, the second and penultimate day of rivalry in the second leg of the Inter Guiana Games here in Paramaribo.
These Games, which are held for athletes attending school under the age of 19, would have started since the 1970s but there was a lull for some years and then it was restarted in 1994 according to Director of Sport, Neil Kumar.
Conditions here is very hot but the athletes and officials are expected to be equally warm when it comes to the healthy rivalry that has become a norm during these games that have been contested between the three Guiana’s for so long.
The 6-member cycling team will set the tone for today following the male and female volleyball teams opening salvos last evening.
Guyana are the defending champions in cycling and according to Coach Hassan Mohamed, he is confident that his charges will maintain their dominance in this area. Leading the charge is 2014 Junior Caribbean Road Race bronze medalist Alanzo Ambrose who is well experienced at this level.
Akeem Arthur, Shaquelle Agard and Ambrose were all part of the Guyana team that competed at the South American Youth Games in Peru last year, their collective experience is expected to carry first timer Kravitz Jeffrey who according to Mohamed, has been experiencing difficulty breathing but
will be ok in time for today’s Team Time Trials.
The male riders will cover a distance of 10km while the females, Toshwanna Doris and debutant Ronella Samuels will cover 6km. Tomorrow’s Road Race will see the males covering 69km with the ladies doing half that distance, 34.5km.
Some of the riders from both opposing countries also competed at the Caribbean championships that were also held here in Suriname which makes the anticipated duels, exciting. Each lap for the Road Race course is 17.25km.
Following the Technical and Management meetings on Thursday evening it was agreed that Table Tennis (TT) will start and conclude today. Chess and Badminton and TT starts at 10:00hrs. Football, which Guyana is not a part of, is set for 14:30hrs, while male and female Volleyball will be contested this evening at 17:00 and 19:00hrs.
Badminton Coach Gokarn Ramdhani noted that the only threat he is anticipating will come from the Surinamese players who they are very familiar with, “As long as the draw goes well for us I expect that the team will come out victorious,” the long serving coach and administrator noted.
After their training session yesterday, Coach Linden Johnson summed up that he too is quite confident
that his players will do well and are quite capable of handling the opposition. He stated that both Suriname and French Guiana’s players are exposed on a regular basis but the Guyanese will hold their own.
Chess Coach Wendell Meusa said that his players are going to take on Suriname A in their first match today and that should be there most challenging.
“We have already strategized on how we will approach this match and I expect a good outcome. Haifeng Su competed at the Youth Olympics and will be a key player for us. The other players, Jessica Clementson, Roberto Neto and Sheriffa Ali will all gave a good account of themselves.”
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