April 19, 2014

GAPF names 12-member team for Caribbean championships

Mariano Jeffrey

Mariano Jeffrey

The Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) has named a strong 12-member team to represent Guyana at the eighth annual North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF)/Caribbean Powerlifting championships in St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The contingent includes nine male and three female lifters, who have been tasked with maintaining Guyana’s dominance at the event.

Currently, Guyana are the two-time defending champions, having won the title in 2012 and 2013.

Steffie De Nobrega

Steffie De Nobrega

According to a correspondence from the GAPF, the lifters were selected on the basis of their performance at the senior national championships held in November 2013.

The team is: Leon Rupertie (59kg Male Open), Tyrone Eusibio (66kg Male Open), Paul Adams (74kg Male Open), Osmond Mack (74kg Male Open), Anis Ade-Thomas (83kg Male Open), Germain Snagg (83kg Male Open), Mariano Jeffrey (93kg), Karel Mars (105kg), Colin Chesney (120kg), Steffie DeNobrega (52kg Female Open), Chittra Ramlochan (72kg Female Open) and Kimberley Mars-Loncke (84kg Female Open).

Badminton players off to Suriname Easter tourney

The Guyana badminton players prior to leaving for Suriname

The Guyana badminton players prior to leaving for Suriname

A confident Guyana badminton team has departed Guyana to participate in the annual Suriname International Easter tournament, which will commence today and run until Monday at the Walter Amo Sports Hall in Paramaribo.

The Guyanese will compete in the Under-15 and Under-19 Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles and the Open Singles.

During the 2013 tournament when the Guyanese competed in the Under-13 and Under-17 categories only, they captured eight medals, and according to manager/coach, Gokarn Ramdhani, they are looking to surpass that achievement this time around.

“Although the Guyanese players will be playing in a higher age group, we are still expected to do well,” Ramdhani said upon departure.

Guyana’s chances of “medaling” will be led by captain Narayan Ramdhani, who is set to compete in the Under-19 and Open categories. Vice-captain Jonathon Mangra will campaign in the Under-19 division, while assistant manager, Chris Persaud, will do battle in the Open category.

The other five players are Ronald Chang Yuen (Under-19), Hemraj Beharry (Under-15 and Under-19), Priyanna Ramdhani (Under-15 and Under-19), Ambika Ramraj (Under-19) and Krystal Peters (Under-19).

CJ discharges injunction filed against Guyana Cup Fever

Ian Chang

Ian Chang

– Score’s Even will not participate

By Rajiv Bisnauth

Chief Justice Ian Chang on Thursday discharged an injunction filed against the Guyana Cup Fever which would have prevented the event from being staged on Sunday following another legal challenge mounted by horse owner Dennis DeRoop.

The ex-parte injunction secured by the owners of the Port Mourant Turf Club seeks to set aside the initial mandatory injunction and writ issued by Justice Sandra Kurtzious which ordered the organisers of the event to register ‘A’ Class horse Score’s Even to compete in the event.

Chang’s ruling effectively quashes any formal challenge mounted by DeRoop that could place the event in jeopardy.

Dennis DeRoop

Dennis DeRoop

The owner of the animal had moved to the courts to challenge a decision made by the club to disqualify Score’s Even from participating in the event after they had refused to register the horse. DeRoop is also seeking an injunction restraining the defendants by themselves, their servants and agents from holding the Guyana Cup Fever Horse Race Meeting on the date mentioned pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

The club’s owners had argued too that the horse race meet did not have any races open to ‘A’ Class animals and that the feature category catered for ‘C’ Class animals.

But DeRoop alleged that the organisers were in breach of the rules and regulations of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority, while stating that the organisers were discriminating against Score’s Even.

Justice Chang’s order now gives the orgainsers the “green light” to proceed with their plans for Sunday and leave DeRoop and Score’s Even as mere spectators.

DeRoop had told  Guyana Times Sport that he was contemplating Contempt of Court proceedings against the organisers after they continued to refuse the horse entry into the event, even after the initial ruling.

However, with Chang’s ruling on Thursday, DeRoop said he respects the ruling and will not proceed with the matter.

Disappointed

Meanwhile, president of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority, Vic Oudit, in an invited comment on Thursday expressed his disappointment at the approach taken by DeRoop.

Oudit is of the opinion that DeRoop was badly advised on the matter.

The  organisers have indicated that over 80 of the counry’s top horses have registered for the race meet.

The meet will be conducted under the rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) and, according to organisers, those rules would be rigidly enforced.

The feature race will be the ‘C’ and Lower race for horses over a mile and the winner will ride away with $2 million. The second-placed winner will receive $1 million, third, $500,000, and fourth prize, $250,000.

The Three-year-old Guyana and West Indian- bred event will have the winner taking away $1 million in the 1200- metre race. The second-place prize is $500,000, third, $250,000, and fourth, $125,000.

The Four-year-old event for Guyana and West Indies- bred horses, over 1600 metres, carries a winner’s prize of $700,000.

The E ‘1’ and Lower 1300- metre event carries a winner’s prize of $600,000. The G’3’ and Lower race will gallop over a distance of 1300 metres and carry a winner’s prize of $500,000.

The I ‘2’ and Lower race will be run over 1000 metres and carries a first prize of $300,000, while the J ‘2’ and Lower winner will pocket $200,000 also over 100 metres.

The ‘H’ and Lower will run over 1200 metres with the winner taking home $350,000.

Berbice name 22-man squad for Under-19 Inter-county cricket

Sharaz Ramcharran

Sharaz Ramcharran

The Berbice Cricket Board’s (BCB) junior selection committee under the chairmanship of Leslie Solomon has named a strong 22-man squad to represent the Ancient County in this year’s Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Under-19 Inter-county tournament which is scheduled to start next Wednesday.

Talented Sharaz Ramcharran was appointed to lead the squad and will have West Indies Under-19 and senior Guyana batsman Shimron Hetmyer as his deputy.

Chairman of the BCB Special Events Committee and Public Relations Officer, Hilbert Foster, stated that the squad will be involved in a two-day Elizabeth Styles coaching programme this weekend.

Coaches Micheal Hyles, Hubern Evans, Albert Smith and Winston Smith will conduct the two-day training clinic.

The main aim of the two -day clinic, according to Foster, is to prepare the team both physically and mentally for the tournament.

Shimron Hetmyer

Shimron Hetmyer

The players chosen are asked to report to the Albion Community Centre ground on both days at noon with their cricket gear and proper cricket attire.

Hilbert Foster

Hilbert Foster

The full squad reads: Sharaz Ramcharran (captain), Shimron Hetmyer (vice -captain), Balchand Baldeo, Leon Andrews, Ashkay Homraj, Viendra Gooniah, Arif Chan, David Latchaya, Hakeem Hinds, Parmanand Ramdhan, Martin Singh, Grisean Grant, Dimitri Cameron, Nial Smith, Nicholas Seenarine, Deon Esau, Kassim Khan, Daniel Lewis, Nicholas Cameron, Nick Ramsaroop, Shivnarine Srikissoon and Avishkar Sewkarran.

Sport ministry preparing anti-doping regime

Alfred King
Alfred King

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sport, Alfred King, recently sat with Guyana Times Sport and discussed Guyana’s status as far as anti-doping measures in sport are concerned. Guyana is a member of the Regional Anti-Doping Association (RADA) and King sits on the RADA board as Guyana’s representative.

   As regards  ani-doping,King stated:  “The objective really is to encourage fair play and to encourage athletes to operate cleanly or participate and compete cleanly.

“We are looking at education as well, because what we have found is that the athletes don’t understand the protocols involved in being tested, the importance as an elite athlete in submitting your whereabouts or your training schedule and things like that so you can be monitored.

“So, as it  relates to anti-doping in Guyana, we are now trying to organize for anti-doping activities ,” King stated.

Guyana  also subscribes to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), but  the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) is the regulatory body for anti-doping,in the absence of a formal anti-doping agency.

Further, King revealed that Guyana has four Doping Control Offices (DCO), which was organized by the GOA and should be responsible for conducting anti-drug testing and seminars and reporting the results, whether regionally or internationally.

However, the direction in which the government is moving  according to King, is to have its own officer in place who will be responsible for anti-doping activities in the country and will be responsible  for setting up anti-doping structures.

GFRC president discusses local football crisis, referee development

Alfred King

Alfred King

By Treiston Joseph

 

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sport and President of the Guyana Football Referees Council (GFRC), Alfred King, touched on the state of football and the development of referees during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times sport on Thursday.

With a motion  having been filed for the removal of the president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Christopher Matthias, citing no confidence in his leadership , King commented  on the state of football after the Colin Klass administration.

“Over the last year, we would have relapsed and I think we are worst now than we were at any other stage in football development where basically football is in a management crisis. There is no administrative authority in place to take care of the day-to-day management of football,” King told this publication.

Further,King shared what he believes will help to reform football in Guyana which will eventually move the sport forward.

“We need to first of all strengthen the executive arm of the GFF… what we have found recently is that people get elected to the level of the executive and because of their varying interests, skill sets, capacity and so on you find it can be conflicting with what the general philosophy and of course the intention of the leader might be.

“And unless you can manage that properly you will always be in an environment where things are unstable and in an unstable environment there can be no real development. So fixing the structure right is a start and the structure starts with setting out what the Congress will be doing and we must do that,” King stated.

Meanwhile, wearing the hat of president of the GFRC, King noted that  more games will allow their referees to hone their skills to become technically better.

“The more games the better and of course they must be sanctioned by the GFF and once they are games that allow the referees to develop that is something we would encourage,” King noted.

Further, King believes that the GFRC is the most organized entity in football, while sharing what the overall intention is of the GFRC.

“We have a yearly plan, yearly budget and we mobilize resources to take care of our needs… right now there is a strategic plan to take us from 2014 straight to 2017.

“If you look at it you will see details of how we plan to make the level of refereeing to one where we would be proud of producing referees that would be world rated or world class that can go and hold their own at FIFA finals and so on. That’s our mission, that’s our intention overall,” King mentioned.

Meanwhile King, who questioned the existence of a national team, noted that the sport of football in the wealthiest and most popular sport in the world and the development of the game should be pushed in order to produce a world -class and world- ranked team.

BCB congratulates Bishoo for bowling performance

Devendra Bishoo

Devendra Bishoo

The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has offered congratulations to Guyana’s leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo for his superb bowling performance against Trinidad and Tobago in the seventh round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-day competition.

Bishoo bagged 9-78 in the first innings, the best bowling figures by a Guyanese, and then returned to capture 6-71 in the second innings for match-figures of 15-149.

In an invited comment, First Vice-president of the BCB, Anil Beharry, said despite Guyana’s poor performance this year, he is very pleased with the effort of Berbician Bishoo.

Guyana failed to win a game, losing four and drawing two.

He said the board is confident that Bishoo can return to the West Indies team sooner rather than later. Beharry added that when Bishoo was dropped for the penultimate game, he knew that he (Bishoo) would have returned with a bang.

“Bishoo is known to be a determined, hard-working, disciplined and talented cricketer,” Beharry said.

He is still baffled as to how Guyana performed so badly, taking into consideration that this team was one of the best put together over the years.

Beharry called for a total overhaul of Guyana cricket if the country is to return to the top. “It is very painful to see how poorly we performed match after match,” he said.

Beharry questioned some of the players’ levels of commitment as well, but said with Bishoo’s outstanding bowling in the last match in particular, there is still hope.

The BCB executive asked for patience with the younger players who played, noting that with proper nurturing, they will deliver in the future.

“The cupboard is not empty; the young Rajindra Chandrika, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Ronsford Beaton, Vishaul Singh, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Gudakesh Motie, Akshay Homraj, Raun Johnson and Shimron Hetmyer, among others, are very talented,” Beharry concluded.

Baird on cusp of history at upcoming Carifta Games

Kadecia Baird

Kadecia Baird

By Treiston Joseph

The 2014 junior Carifta games set for Martinique this Easter weekend will give US- based Guyanese Kadecia Baird yet another shot at history when she competes in both the 200 and 400 metres female under-20 events.

The 19 year old has already done her fair share of history -making by becoming Guyana’s first medalist at the World Junior championships in 2012 with silver, while becoming Guyana’s youngest Central America and Caribbean (CAC) championships gold medalist in 2013.

In addition, Baird is the first and only athlete thus far in Guyana’s history to have “medalled” at the Carifta Games, CAC championships and the World Junior Championships, a feat that speaks  volumes  of her aptitude.

Baird, who captured bronze at last year’s junior Carifta Games in the under-20 female 400 metres in what can be said to be a subpar performance by her standards, will have a chance to become Guyana’s first sprint gold medalist at the junior games, a feat that by all means is within her grasp, especially since transitioning to college life.

So how does the 19 year old feel heading into the event? “I’m actually really excited, it’s my second time attending Carifta and I just want to go out and have fun,” Baird told Guyana Times Sport in an exclusive interview.

Talking about her training, Baird spoke of what she expects to accomplish along with her preparation for the event.

“I always want to do my best and to make sure that I’m proud of my work at all times, I’m in better shape than I was last year around this time, just working on executing my race the right way and will see what happens

“My training has been nothing different than[sic] preparation for my college races. My focus right now is staying hydrated, eating healthy and getting my mind ready,” Baird mentioned.

Baird, who attends the University of Nebraska, related what a gold medal win would mean to her: “Gold would mean a lot, it would just add to my medal collection and as my high school coach Shaun Dietz said: ‘I don’t have a taste in my kind of medal yet’,” Baird mentioned.

With Baird making the transition from high school (Medgar Evers High) to college, the talented  athlete revealed that part of her race she has been working mostly on: “I’ve been working mostly on the first part of my race because that’s the weakest and it’s getting better,” she assured.

Further, Baird opened up on college life and how it has impacted her career and her approach to athletics.

“Well it’s so much different here (University of Nebraska), college has made me mature a whole lot, it made me see things from a different point of view and has thought me that you have to get the job done under any circumstance and that’s what I’ve been working on,” Baird shared during the interview.

However, with the Carifta Games approaching and the World junior silver medalist gearing up for a history- making event, Baird was conservative as to how fast she wants to run over the 400 metres, but hinted her intention of running fast.

“Its hot weather and I’m in pretty good shape, I’m not going to say times, I’m just going to run but I’m hoping for a personal best”. Baird  has a personal best of 51.04s when she took silver at the World Junior Championships.

The CAC gold medalist who is known for her 400 metres running, also explained her love and expectation for the 200 metres, an event she will be running at the  Games.

“I love the 200 metres, I enjoy running that race but obviously the 400 metres is my best but I’m excited to run the 200 also and I’m hoping to get a personal best in that too,” Baird stated.

Meanwhile, as she prepares to make her own bit of history, she related her thoughts on being Guyana’s potential, first sprinting gold medalist.

“I’m taking it step by step to get the job done, as I said I’m working on doing my best and my best has yet to be shown, so let’s see how it goes…,” Baird stated.

Baird will be heading out to the Carifta Games today where history awaits the pegs of her running shoes.

Junior Carifta team wings out to Carifta Games, expected to do well

From left: Jason Yaw, Kevin Abbensetts, Aubrey Hutson and Kade Pearce at the press conference

From left: Jason Yaw, Kevin Abbensetts, Aubrey Hutson and Kade Pearce at the press conference

By Treiston Joseph

The junior Carifta team is set to represent Guyana at the 2014 edition of the junior Carifta Games in Martinique, as the team will depart this morning for the games.

At a press conference held by the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) headquarters, president of the AAG,Aubrey Hutson said he  expects great things from the nine-member squad.

“This team is leaving with a lot of expectations and I have assurance from them that they will go out and do their best and once these guys along with the girls go out and perform, I believe everybody will return with weights around their necks,” Hutson stated.

Coach of the team Sham Johnny lauded the AAG for the selection of field events  for the first time, while noting that he expects the team to produce results.

“The selection of a field -event athlete on the team shows the direction of the AAG, because I think those athletes have been neglected… this squad is well prepared and I think will have some good production.

“Everybody is capable in the special own event[sic] and I think everybody will represent themselves well and the times will be appreciated; but mentally they need to put in a bit more,” Johnny told media representatives present.

Further, Johnny noted that the overall preparation is not where it should be, but believes all of the athletes can respond to the challenge.

Meanwhile, the athletes present at the press conference were all grateful for the opportunity to represent Guyana and assured the public that they will put in their best efforts to make the Land of Many Waters proud.

The team will  wing out this morning at 06:00h and is expected to return to Guyana on April 22 around 14:00h.

Headlining the local side of the team will be defending CARIFTA under-18 1500 metres champion Cassie George, who won gold last year. The talented distance athlete will be defending her 1500 metres title while making a switch to the 3000 metres.

CARIFTA 400 metres bronze medalist Jason Yaw will also be the next local headliner, as he will attempt to top his bronze medal performance from one year ago.

 Avon Samuels will also look to improve on her performances from last year in the under-18 200 and 400 metres.

Making their debut at the event will be talented sprinter Jevina Sampson in the 200 and 400 metres under-18, Natricia Hooper, triple jump, Kevin Abbensetts 100 and 200 metres under-20 and Kade Pearce, male under-20 high and triple jumps.

The US-based athletes will be headed by World Junior silver medalist and CAC gold medalist Kadecia Baird, who will look to better her bronze medal performance in the girls’ under-20 400 metres from one year ago. Baird will also feature in the girls’ under-20 200 metres.

Making her debut for Guyana as a US- based athlete will be Brenessa Thompson, who has one of the fastest junior indoor 60 metres times in the US at the moment. Thompson will be competing in the girls’ 100 and 200 metres.

The team’s coach will be Running Brave Athletics co-coach Sham Johnny, who will be assisted by Shaun Dietz, Glenton Pantlitz, and Matthew Martin. The manager of the team will be Mayfield Taylor-Trim.

DeRoop mulls contempt of court proceedings against PMTC

Score’s Even may not participate in Sunday’s Guyana Cup Fever

Score’s Even may not participate in Sunday’s Guyana Cup Fever

– after non-registration of Score’s Even

By Rajiv Bisnauth

Following the non-registration of Score’s Even for this Sunday’s Guyana Cup Fever, owner and trainer of the animal Dennis DeRoop is mulling contempt of court proceedings against the Port Mourant Turf Club (PMTC) executives.

The animal was  denied entry for the race because,according to the organizers,  the event is not  for ‘A’ Class animals. This publication was advised,however, that with the event being  a feature or open race,animals of all classes are eligible to participate.

Further, this newspaper understands that the principal concerns that led to the decision to debar Score’s Even from participating, was the fact that other horse owners had threatened to opt out of the race meet, citing unfair competition, because of the pedigree and experience of Score’s Even.

Dennis DeRoop

Dennis DeRoop

To this end, DeRoop’s Attorney Adrian Anamayah revealed to this publication on Wednesday that the PMTC executives are demonstrating clearly that they have no regard for court orders and for the laws of Guyana.

“Clearly, they are forcing contempt of court proceedings to be filed against them. Their disregard for law and order by itself disqualified them from running the race meet,” Anamayah pointed out.

Injunction

DeRoop secured a High Court injunction on Tuesday from Judge Sandra Kurtzious in the Berbice High Court, instructing the executives of the Port Mourant Turf Club to register Score’s Even to participate in the meeting.

Cecil Kennard

Cecil Kennard

The injunction was filed against Krishan Persaud Jagdeo and Chattergoon Ramnauth, who were trading under the name and style of the Turf Club.

Both Ramnauth and Jagdeo received the injunction and are now seeking legal advice on the way forward.

Ramnauth told  Guyana Times Sport on Wednesday that the club will stick to its original programme and will not allow Score’s Even to participate in Sunday’s race meet.

“As I mentioned on Tuesday to you, Score’s Even will not participate, the meet does not provide for ‘A’ Class animals. The feature race is for animals classified ‘C’ and Lower, so Score’s Even does not fall into that category, so the club will stick to its original programme. We will not change the programme to accommodate any horse,” Ramnauth said.

When contacted on Wednesday former president of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority, Cecil Kennard, and Kennard’s successor Vic Oudit, both declined to comment on the issue.

Vic Oudit

Vic Oudit

The Guyana Cup Fever is the brainchild of Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, and is the largest horse-racing event since its inaugural meet six years ago. It is held in collaboration with the PMTC.