First developmental meet placed on indefinite hold
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The Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) will see a disruption to their calendar of activities for 2021, as their first developmental meet of the year has been postponed until further notice.
Scheduled for this weekend, February 6 and 7, at the Leonora Track and Field facility, West Coast Demerara (WCD), the meet has not received the go-ahead from the National COVID-19 Task Force, and will have to be postponed.
AAG President Aubrey Hutson has said he has not received word from the Task Force as at Thursday.
“We didn’t get any response from the Task Force, so the meet is off,” a disappointed Hutson confirmed on Thursday afternoon. “I do not have a confirmation letter as yet.”
The decision to call off this weekend’s meet, although profoundly disappointing, was made in the interest of protecting the athletes’ health and safety, and was influenced by the need to abide by the country’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Hutson has explained that it would be impossible for the AAG to organise a meet at the 9th hour.
“After today, I cannot go ahead (with holding the meet). To plan for these evets, it takes more than one day or two days, but they did not say yes or no,” he divulged to this publication.
Probed on whether the AAG would push for the meet to be hosted over the following weekend, Huston commented that he is unsure at the moment.
The AAG had 3 developmental meets planned to be staged on the weekends of 6th & 7th Feb, 21st & 22nd Feb, and 27th & 28th Feb. Thereafter, the National Senior Championships would be held on April 17 & 18, and the South American Senior Championships from May 14 to 16. Owing to this delay, it is likely that the calendar would have to be restructured to facilitate enough meets to get Guyanese athletes ready for international meets such as the National Juniors in Nairobi, Kenya and the Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Jemima Holmes)