The Management of the National Schools’ Championships that is scheduled for
November 23-27 at the National Stadium, Providence, will be stringent as every effort is being made to perfect the various systems necessary to have a successful Championships.
This is according to a press release from the Management Committee for the upcoming National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships yesterday. Penalties will be in place for defaulting Districts that do not adhere to the rules.
According to Guyana Teachers’ Union President, Mark Lyte, “no one should feel that we cannot have these Championships without them”. Lyte made the comment in view of the fact that teams will be disqualified for a number of reasons, including late arrivals.
The Championships is scheduled to start at 9am on the competition days. Lyte informed that the competition will commence promptly whether or not all the teams would have arrived. He stated that this year the Championships will not be waiting on anyone.
“If athletes and officials are not on time, the events will go on without them. We have to enforce the competition rules,” Field Secretary within the Teachers’ Union, Lance Baptiste, said, adding that leadership from the District Representatives is required.
According to Baptiste, the District Representatives and Managers will all be held accountable to the Management Committee during the Championships. He said the aim is to eliminate all forms of hiccups, so that the event can have a smooth progression.
Every system, from the Opening and Closing Ceremony, accommodation, meals to presentations and competition will be crystallise to create a more professional posture. The press release stated that work began weeks ago to attempt to perfect those systems.
The Swimming Championships will be held on Monday, November 23 at the National Aquatic Centre at Liliendaal. In addition to the swimming competition, two field events, Long Jump and Shot Putt along with the 10km Road Race, 40km and 25km Cycle Road Race will also take place on Monday, November 23.
The Games Village will be established on Woolford Avenue. Tutorial High, North Georgetown Primary and Secondary Schools and Richard Ishmael Secondary will house the 16 Districts from across Guyana that will compete at the Championships.
The Games Secretariat has been officially opened at GTU Headquarters, Woolford Avenue with Districts submitting their entries. The Opening Ceremony for the Championship is scheduled for Tuesday, November 23 at 10:30am.
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