Jun 03, 2016 Sports
By Edison Jefford
Stakeholders yesterday launched the Aliann Pompey Invitational Track and Field Meet, which is scheduled for June 18 at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora. The event begins at 3pm with athletes from 15
countries reportedly expected to participate.
Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) President, K. A. Juman Yassin, Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) President, Aubrey Hutson, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones among sponsors and Pompey launched the meet at GOA Headquarters in Kingston.
Pompey said that it was Jones who actually named the meet in her honor after she had a different concept. “I am extremely excited about it (the meet). If anyone does not like the name of it, feel free to blame Mr. Jones,” she said.
“I was going to call it the Guyana Invitational and he strongly suggested that it would add some value to call it the Aliann Pompey Invitational. If you don’t like it feel free to address him,” she continued in her opening remarks.
According to Pompey, there will be 14 track events and two field events while athletes from 15 countries are confirmed to participate and 25 more are on the waiting list. She said that athletes are expected from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Columbia, Guyanese overseas and locally based, Haiti, Ireland, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Unites States and US Virgin Islands.
In addition, the premier events are the 400m Men and Women, Men and Women 100m. She said the sponsored events are Fly Jamaica Women’s 100m, GOA Men’s 400m, Ramada Princes Hotel 110m Hurdles, Quality Plus Men’s 200m, Guysuco Men’s Triple Jump, Digicel Men’s 100m and Digicel Women’s 200m.
In his turn to address the media, Jones said that the National Sport Commission and by extension the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport is proud to be associated with the AP Invitational. “It is noteworthy to mention that the rational behind AP Invitational is that in the future if you hashtag AP, Alian Pompey will pop up and that would be long lasting,” Jones said.
“The fact that Aliann Pompey represented Guyana Internationally, of course put Guyana’s name out there internationally, we see this as not only a tribute to Pompey, but to our sportsmen and women throughout country,” Jones continued.
He opined that many are of the view that Guyana’s Golden Jubilee activities ended in May, but that is not the case. He said the event is on Guyana’s calendar of Jubilee events because it is part of those celebrations.
AAG President, Hutson also lauded the effort and his role in making it possible. “I must say for Guyana it is finally here. True international competition returns after a very long time. I’m happy that the IAAF has seen it fit to fund this meet” he said.
“We had our little pulling of ears to ensure that the necessary funding is needed for realisation of this meet. I don’t want to get into technical issues but AAG is happy to be associated and part of this meet,” Hutson noted.
Digicel’s Events and Sponsorship Manager, Louanna Abrams also gave the event the blessings of her company.
“Digicel is pleased to be associated with this event. It is central to our company’s objectives of youth and community development particularly in the area of sport. I want to thank Ms. Pompey for having us on board and wish the organising committee every success,” Abrams said.
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