By Calvin Chapman
The President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson, disclosed with the media yesterday some news that he believes will be well received by local athletes.
Huston explained that the AAG would’ve gotten correspondence from World Athletics (governing body of track and field) indicating that August eighth and ninth were reserved for national federations/associations worldwide to hold their National senior championships and to that end the AAG is working with those guidelines, while at the same time looking at the state’s progress in terms of reopening the country in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
He stated, “With this in mind, I would like to see as president that we hold some kind of competition that will help prepare the athletes for the Senior championships in August. I also plan on having the discussion with my executive committee for us (the AAG) to even hold our National Junior Championships around the same time as the senior showdown.”
The president also proposed that if the green light is given for the respective Championships, the AAG will forge ahead with a Road Race either on July 19th or 26th as a precursor to the National Youth and Junior and Senior Championships.
When quizzed on what he anticipates the general feedback from the athletes and clubs will be following this proposal, he revealed that, “Basically, the clubs have been pushing, the athletes have been calling, asking when we will be resuming competition and asking for our calendar for the rest of the year. Athletes have been training even during the lockdown and they are eager for competition, they are the people who have been pushing the hardest and they would be the happiest if we could’ve announced that the season will resume tomorrow.”
Currently, the South American 10k scheduled for November is still on the books and the association is waiting for Courts Guyana Inc. to reopen its doors so they can go in and discuss the possibility of the most lucrative and longest running 10k event in Guyana, the Courts 10k continuing this year.
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