PRESIDENT of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) Horace Burrowes is showering praises on all and sundry for combining efforts which saw Guyana host its first major cycling championships ever.August 10-11 has gone down in history as the dates when the 13th edition of the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships (JCCC) was hosted here with 15 nations making the memorable trip to the Land of Many Waters.Burrowes, in an invited comment said that what makes the event even more memorable is the fact that it was also the first time that such a huge event was held outside the confines of the Capital City.Burrowes stated that Bartica and its Mayor, His Worship Gifford Marshall, stepped up in a massive way to ensure that it was a win-win situation for all as they undertook the expenses for hosting everyone in Bartica. The GCF was responsible for all other expenses outside of Bartica.“This event I can assure all Guyana was a massive breaking point for Guyana and not just our federation in that it has shown the rest of the Caribbean that we have the capacity to host such events even though it took some time in reaching our shores.All the participating nations expressed satisfaction and were happy that they made the trip to Guyana. They complimented Mayor Marshall and the people of Bartica for their hospitality and promise to be back.”Burrowes stated that despite the challenges faced in terms of sponsorship, the federation, with the help of some companies and individuals pulled out all the stops to ensure that Guyana made its mark and came out with flying colours.“I am really gratified with the level of commitment shown by many of our cyclists who would have made the trip and volunteered their services as officials manning the race route among other areas which all added up in making the event a success.”The GCF is also very thankful to the Caribbean Cycling Federation, COPACI and UCI for their efforts and assistance as well as the event Commissars, Henny Bonafacio and Ms Clotilde Vicente.”Appreciation is being extended to the Mayor and Town Council of Bartica, Industrial Safety Supplies Inc., Universal Auto Supplies, Humphrey’s Bakery & Farm Products of Ketley Street Charlestown, Clear Waters, Mr Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall, Chin Chan Bike Shop, Professional Key Shop, Showers of Blessing Bus Service, Kennard Lovell, Jeffrey Yearwood, Sasha Persaud, Dexter Sealey and Joseph Britton.The competing nations were Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Anguilla, Barbados, United States Virgin Islands, Grenada, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, St Martin and the host.
Members of the Ghana Football Association led by President Kwesi Nyantakyi have arrived in Equatorial Guinea ahead of Wednesday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals draw. The contingent includes the Communications Director of the GFA, Ibrahim Saanie Daara, former Black Stars Management Committee member, Felix Ansong, Protocol officer, Alex Asante and Deputy Black Stars Coach, Maxwell Konadu.The team will also inspect facilities by the four host cities ahead of next month’s finals which will be played from 17 January to 08 February.Protocol officer Alex Asante also travelled with the team to look at hotels and other facilities which will enable the Black Stars have a comfortable stay.The contingent will also represent the nation during the draw.Ghana is in Pot 1 alongside Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire, and hosts Equatorial Guinea. Pot 2 includes Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria and Tunisia.Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon and DR Congo are in Pot 3.Pot 4 has Cameroon, Senegal, Guinea and Congo.