With the 2016 Inter Guiana Games (IGG) involving host Guyana and Suriname set for October 20-24 here preparations are already underway in a number of disciplines while a delegation from Suriname is expected later this month to assess the facilities.
This was disclosed yesterday by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones during a telephone interview with Stabroek Sport.
“Trials have started for the Games in various parts of the country,” said Jones of the event which will see student athletes under 19 years of age, vying for medals and bragging rights in seven disciplines from October 20-24.
According to Jones, the disciplines of badminton, basketball, futsal, swimming, table tennis, track and field and volleyball will be contested at various venues when the locals lock horns with the Dutch speaking visitors.
The Director of Sport also added that a Surinamese delegation will visit Guyana on September 21 to inspect the sporting facilities.
In July this year, delegations from Suriname and Guyana met to discuss this year’s event which will take place without athletes from French Guiana.
The Guyana delegation was headed by Jones and ncluded Dr Karen Pilgrim, Gervy Harry, Seon Erskine, Lavern Fraser and Feiona Singh Wordsworth while their Suriname counterparts included Suriname’s Director of Sport Luciano Mentowikromo and Harvey Bang A. Foe.
The aim of the games is to create possibilities for youths to come together and compete in different sport disciplines, focusing on better sport results and better understanding of each other’s culture.