President of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Kit Nascimento said yesterday he will brief the media on Wednesday on the performance of the national rugby Sevens team at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in India.
The Guyana team arrived at the Dr. Cheddi Jagan International Airport around mid-night on Friday after departing India, which is approximately nine hours ahead of Guyana, on Friday afternoon at 2pm, India time.
Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday via telephone, Nascimento, who is currently “resting in Essequibo”, disclosed that almost all the members of the rugby contingent that represented Guyana at the Games were “exhausted” and currently resting.
He added that that apart from being exhausted, some members of the team (himself included) had contracted a “throat virus” which had also affected some representatives of other countries at the Commonwealth Games Village.
“A lot of us contracted a throat virus at the games that many of the athletes at the village also contracted,” Nascimento disclosed.
He also pointed out that some members of the team had to leave some of their luggage behind, while in transit between two airports at which they arrived and departed in England while returning from the Games.
According to Nascimento, arrangements will be made shortly to have the luggage shipped to Guyana.
The GRFU president was not prepared to divulge details pertaining to the team’s performance but stated that this will be done at a GRFU press conference that is scheduled to be held on Wednesday.
The venue for this media briefing will be revealed shortly.
“On Wednesday I will report fully on our performance at the games,” the GRFU head stated.
The national team lost all their rugby Sevens games at the Commonwealth games, which was played at Delhi University.
The five-time North American Central American and Caribbean (NACRA) champions and the 2010 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) champions failed to score a point in any of their first three matches, but lost by a much more competitive margin in their final game against Tonga.
In Guyana’s first match against Scotland they lost 0-26, while former world champions and the rugby Sevens gold medal winners at the Games for the fourth consecutive year, New Zealand defeated them 52-0 in their second game.
In their third match Guyana was trounced 47-0 by Canada, but they delivered an improved performance when they went down to Tonga 14-21 in their final game of the tournament on Tuesday.