Associations fail to respond ahead of today’s CAC deadline By Donald Duff
Stabroek News
October 16, 2002

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General Secretary of the Guyana Olympic Association Ivor O’Brien said yesterday that there has been no response from national associations to a request from the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) to submit nominations for next month’s Central American and Caribbean Games scheduled for El Salvador.

“We wrote associations asking them to send in their nominations by today which is the closing date for nominations to be received,” O’Brien told Stabroek Sport yesterday.

Today is the deadline for nominations and O’Brien feels confident that before the day ends he would receive nominations from interested associations.

“We haven’t received any nominations yet but I am sure they will respond,” he said.

The 19th CAC Games will be held in the city of San Salvador from November 23 to December 7 and Guyana will definitely be represented O’Brien said.

However, the disciplines to be competed will only be known after the GOA has received a response from the national associations.

However, it is expected that Guyana will certainly be represented in athletics and boxing while karate, squash and weightlifting are other possible disciplines.

O’Brien said that the GOA would bear half the cost of an athlete’s participation once the athlete is selected.

However, if associations would like to have additional athletes participate they must pay the full cost of the athletes’ participation.

Additionally, O’ Brien, said the athlete must merit selection and must not use the opportunity for a joy ride simply because the athlete can afford the trip.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Sydney Christopher yesterday told Stabroek Sport that the GTTA is interested in sending a team and would send in their nominations by today.

After missing out on the Caribbean championships, Christopher said the GTTA will make every effort to attend especially since playing in the CAC championships is one of the qualifying tournaments for next year’s Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.