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All systems in place for GOBSA Independence Track & Field Meet this weekend

first_imgClubs and their number of registered athletes:Guyana Police Force (74), Hopetown Flames of West Berbice (24), New Amsterdam (12), Running Brave (58), Ruralites (9), Super Upcoming Runners (19), Titans United of East Bank (3), University of Guyana (13) and Upper Demerara Schools (23).Action will start at 10:00hrs both days. … 270 athletes to participateAT least 270 athletes are set to compete on the track and in the field this weekend at the National Track and Field Centre (NTFC), Leonora, West Coast Demerara, when the Guyana Overseas-Based Sports Association (GOBSA) runs off its fourth Annual Independence Track and Field Meet.The meet will see high quality competition on tomorrow and Sunday with 273 athletes already registered from as young as the U-10 age group.Speaking at the pre-competition press conference yesterday at the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) head office, president Aubrey Huston opined that the sheer number of registered athletes would make for enthralling competition.David Thomas, GOBSA president, also noted that the meet will ideally serve in helping to identify young talent as Guyana prepares to host the 2021 CARIFTA Games.Meanwhile vice-president Gordon Lewis had high praises for Anisha Gibbons, Guyana’s first U-17 javelin female gold medallist at the recent CARIFTA Games.Gibbons was the recipient of two female javelins, courtesy of former national thrower Patrick Harding, in conjunction with GOBSA.This is the first time the 14-year-old will be able to train with the right javelin as she continues her journey as a national athlete.Andrew Forester Lumber, Banks DIH Limited, National Sports Commission and Guyana Community of Service are the notable sponsors.last_img read more

We are sorry, Gor say after Kagame Cup ban

first_img0Shares0000The Gor Mahia team that started their CECAFA Kagame Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17- Barely three days after the Council of East African Football Associations (CECAFA) Secretary General Nisholas Musonye announced that record Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia have been suspended from the Kagame Cup for two years, the club has come out to offer an apology.Musonye announced on Saturday that K’Ogalo had been banned from the annual championship due to their behavior after failing to go to the podium and collect their third placed team medals after the final last Friday. Team Manager Jolawi Obondo on Tuesday expressed the team’s apology for their behavior which he said came about after a mix-up about the Sh1mn (10,000USD). Which they learnt while on queue for the medals would be wired to the Gor Mahia team account.“One of the CECAFA officials came to where the players were then explained to the boys that the money will not be in cash but will be wired to the team’s account in Nairobi. The boys lost their heads at that point with that message. They expected to share the money from there like 2015 and maybe use it to buy a few things. This was the disappointment, but it went overboard,” Obondo said.In delivering his apology, Obondo added that they were extending the same to the Gor Mahia office who might have felt that the team had lost trust in them in raising concern that the money would be going into the club account as opposed to being handed over in cash.Gor Mahia duo Ephraim Guikan and Innocent WafulaHowever, Capital Sport learns that the players felt they would get a lesser amount had the money landed with the office, picking their experience from the SportPesa Super Cup in May.“We are apologetic to CECAFA because that was their ceremony and more so to our friend and part of us Mr. Musonye (Nicholas) that it was not intended to degrade the level of CECAFA but it was an unfortunate incident that we have to accept,”“To err is to human; We made an error as human beings and we ask to be be forgiven,” added the Team manager.Meanwhile, Obondo has refuted that the team refused to use their allocated dressing room in their semi-final match against Azam due to belief in black magic, saying they declined to use the dressing room due to the stench emanating from it.Alleging underhand tactics from Azam, Obonyo said the dressing room smelt of ‘something not human’, alleging that it might have been liquids used to preserve dead bodies.“We as Gor we do everything in prayer. We refused to go into the dressing room not because of rituals or juju; the simple reason why we did not go into that dressing room was because of the stench,”“I called the CECAFA management and told them it was unbearable, and they also concurred and agreed that something had been done in the dressing room. They are the ones who suggested and showed us a place to use, they even brought chairs for us,” Obondo said.Gor Mahia’s new signing Francis Mustafa celebrates his winner against Vipers during the CECAFA Kagame Cup Quarter Finals at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 8, 2018.He also insinuated that before playing the final, Simba SC also twice refused to use the dressing room over the same reason. In 2015 when they lost 2-0 to Azam in the final, Obondo said they experienced the same thing.“We called our opponents and told them that if the think whatever was there was normal, then let’s change dressing rooms. They refused,” Obondo further said.Another issue that came up in Gor’s Dar es Salaam sojourn was the state of their team hotel which they immediately rejected on arrival and they were moved to another hotel, the same they used in 2015.“With a lot of respect, it was pathetic; the food was not to any standards and we consulted them and informed them Gor cannot stay in such a hotel. They accepted and agreed to move us to another hotel which we accepted, the same we used in 2015, this was sorted amicably,” Obondo noted.Meanwhile, it is left to be seen whether CECAFA will lift the ban even after Musonye said the decision was final and could not be appealed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more