[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Olympics Association (GOA) says it is pleaded with the performance of the Commonwealth team after the 20th edition of the event concluded on August 3 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Guyanese contingent that returned medal less was not seen as a failure but a team that excelled in spite of the conditions they face to get to that level of competition as well as to compete among elite competition.
At a press conference on Wednesday (August 13), President of the GOA KA Juman Yassin pointed out Nicolette Fernandes performance as the best of the lot despite her loss in the round of 16.
““Unfortunately we did not get any medals but I do believe that there were performances that we can be proud of,” Yassin said.
Manager of the team, Garfield Wiltshire was particularly pleased with the rifle shooters who finished just five points away from a bronze medal.
However, most of the managers of the seven sport disciplines [Athletics, Squash, Swimming, Boxing, Cycling, Rifle Shooting and Table Tennis] that represented Guyana at the games were present, with most agreeing that the level of competition, atmosphere and conditions were not something their athletes are constantly exposed to.
While they made no excuse for the inability to return with any hardware, the managers were adamant that more needs to be done for the athletes if they are to ever stand a chance at such high level meets.
Further, it was pointed out that government in the major countries that produces medals played a major role in the development of their athletes as well as the private sector.
Meanwhile, Yassin as well agreed with the sentiments of the mangers and conceded that more needs to be done for the athletes.
Yassin was also very optimistic that the GOA and the government in particular, the Ministry of Sport will be able to work in the best interest of sport development.