– owed to inclement weather
The 54th National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships 2014
was called to a premature end yesterday after heavy overnight and morning rainfall had inundated the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Ground, Base Camp Ayanganna.
An official release from the Ministry of Education yesterday stated that an emergency meeting was held to chart the course forward, and the best decision was to cancel the event owed to the persistent rainfall and absence of an alternative venue.
“An emergency meeting was held this morning to determine whether or not the events could have been moved to another venue, but no suitable location could have been identified at the time,” the ministry said in a press release.
“Given the prevailing weather conditions and the forecast for the next few days, GDF Ground cannot be drained and prepared in a timely manner to facilitate the continuation of the 2014 Championships,” the release continued yesterday.
This is the second time in the history of the Championships that rain forced an abandonment of the competition. In 1995, rain forced a cancellation at Anna Regina, Essequibo. The difference this time is that the cancellation occurred with two days left counter to 19 years ago when there was not an event held.
On Tuesday, the swimming competition was completed with North Georgetown winning; there was also the 40km male cycle road race and 25km female cycle race. The 10km road races were also held on Tuesday. The Opening Ceremony along with all the 100 and 800m events was also hosted on Wednesday before the rains intervened.
Before yesterday’s cancellation, the event was set for a pulsating competition with the highlight being Tevin Garraway’s smashing the 22-year-old 100m Under-20 record. That set the tone for a historical Championship being the first to be held at GDF Ground.
“The Guyana Teachers’ Union and Ministry of Education wish to thank the students, teachers, sponsors and administrators for all their hard work in preparation for the well-anticipated annual Championships,” the ministry’s release continued.
Administratively, schools along Woolford Avenue were closed to house athletes from competing 15 Districts across Guyana while the event would have incurred around $40M to host. Schools in Georgetown were also closed yesterday owed to severe flooding.
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