The quest for supremacy at Nationals begins today when 15 Districts from all across
Guyana will vie for honours over the next four days of competition with the 10km road races, 40km male cycle race and 25km female cycle race all set for today.
In addition, by the end of today, we will know who takes an early overall lead in the competition, since the swimming championship, which is set for the Olympic-sized pool at Liliendaal, will be completed and a champion known.
The overall winner in the annual championships that is now 54 years old is tabulated from teams placing in the cycling, swimming, track and field and teachers’ competitions. North Georgetown, District 11, is the defending champion.
President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Mark Lyte, said yesterday that all systems are in place administratively and otherwise to host the competition. Lyte indicated that they are ready to host what he believes will be a successful championships.
“As you know we had some rain this morning (yesterday) and we are hoping that the rain would go away and allow the national championship to really take a strong footing. But apart from that most of the facilities are in place relating to the event,” he said.
“I wouldn’t say everything is 100 percent, but we’re working with what we have; we’re working with those on board and I’m sure that the National Championships will be a good one because we’re doing all within our power,” he continued.
According to Lyte, facilities in the games’ village along Woolford Avenue have been completed and athletes have been arriving between Sunday and yesterday. He informed that steady presence from the police is a method being used to protect the nation’s youth.
“Security is being handled by the Guyana Police Force, ‘A’ Division, to provide patrols through the games village, also security at the ground will be provided the Guyana Defence Force and the Police Force,” the new GTU President informed.
The 10km male and female races will begin at 6am, using the South American 10km route and finishes in the National Park. The Cycle Road Races will start at 10am outside the Ocean View Hotel and makes their way up the East Coast to finish at the place it started. The swimming will begin at 9am at the National Aquatics Centre.
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