Belize Off To A Rocky Start At Commonwealth Games 2014
The Commonwealth Games 2014 opened in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday night to much fanfare. Belize is among seventy-one nations participating in the multi-sport event. With a delegation that spreads across several disciplines, including cycling, shooting and table tennis, the Jewel is being represented by its best athletes. Belize’s debut earlier today in the triathlon competition was somewhat disappointing, as tri-athlete Kent Bob Gabourel was unable to complete the swimming leg of the race. First and second places went to England and South Africa, respectively. Nonetheless, there is still optimism that Belize will perform well in the remaining challenges in the days ahead. News Five spoke by phone with Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez, president of the Belize Table Tennis Association.
Via Phone: Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez, President, Belize Table Tennis Association
“The President, Mr. Hilly Martinez, is here and also the Secretary General, Mrs. Fonseca, and the Minister of Sports is also here, along with his wife and the disciplines that are taking place, the ones [we’re participating in] or competing in rather are athletics, cycling, table tennis, shooting and triathlon. Those are the sports that are taking place. I can speak for table tennis, I know that it’s the first time that table tennis is competing in the Commonwealth Games, at least for Belize. I’m not sure about the other disciplines but I know that Belize has been participating in the Commonwealth Games for quite some time now and what I know for a fact is that Belize is the biggest delegation that has come to the Commonwealth Games. In other words, there may have been smaller delegations coming in the years gone by. The competition only started today because the opening ceremony was last night, and for Belize the only competition we were in today was the triathlon. But as I said, I’m not privy to the results of that because I was at the table tennis venue all day today. In relation to table tennis and all the other sports, everything begins next week. Athletics, I think, begins middle of the week; I think cycling is the same. I’m not too sure of shooting but for table tennis I know that this is the first time Belize is taking part in table tennis and we only brought one player, Tyrone Tun, he’s our 2013 national champion and he will be competing in the men’s singles.”