The Aliann Pompey Invitational Track and Field Meet scheduled for June 18 at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora was officially launched on Thursday June 2.
The event was launched by Pompey, GOA President, K. A. Juman Yassin, Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) President, Aubrey Hutson, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and sponsors at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Headquarters in Kingston where all present got a glimpse of the Olympic Torch which is on tour of Guyana ahead of the Summer Olympics to be held in neighbouring Brazil.
In excess of 30 international athletes are expected to compete with overseas and locally based Guyanese athletes and at the same time push to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. Athletes are expected from Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Haiti, Ireland, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and the US Virgin Islands.
Pompey a four time Olympian said that “the sponsored events are the Fly Jamaica’s women 100m, the Ramada Princess Hotel 110m
hurdles, the Quality Plus Men’s 200m, the GUYSUCO Men’s triple jump the GOA men’s 400m and the Digicel men’s 100m and women’s 200m.
All events will have cash incentives but according to Pompey, the 100m and 400m (the premier races) will have the most, with to the top three finishers receiving $US1000, $US600 and $US300.
President of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Aubrey Hutson was happy with the return of international competition to Guyana after so many years and disclosed that the meet is funded by track and field’s governing body, IAAF.
Director of Sport, Chris Jones told the media that “the National Sports Commission is proud to be associated with the AP Invitational.”
Yassin pledged the GOA’s support to make the AP Invitational an annual one while representatives of Digicel and Fly Jamaica were very excited to be associated with the event and urged everyone to also show their support.