For as long as I can recall, I have always followed international sport, and I will admit, it’s the Olympic Games which are very close to my heart for many reasons. The opening ceremony is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences, especially if you are the one walking out carrying the flag of your country.
To date, the following persons have been flag-bearers on behalf of Guyana:
1972 Munich, Germany Gordon Sankies
1984 Los Angeles, USA Earl Haley
1988 Seoul, Korea Alfred Thomas
1992 Barcelona, Spain Aubrey Richmond
1996 Atlanta, USA John Douglas
2000 Sydney, Australia Aliann Pompey
2004 Athens, Greece Aliann Pompey
2008 Beijing, China Niall Roberts
2012 London, United Kingdom Winston George
2016 Rio, Brasil Hannibal Gaskin
As Guyana prepares to attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, I call on the Guyana Olympic Association to consider Bronze Medallist, Michael Parris for this distinction. He is the only person to date with an Olympic Medal for Guyana and on that basis, I believe he deserves the honour.