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Apr 8, 2016

CODICADER is Coming to the Jewel in July!

This year and for the first time, Belize gets to host the CODICAR games which are regional games that foster the integration movement in Central America. Belizean athletes have traditionally competed in the games and done well, this time they get to stay home and face the competition from the Central American region. They will compete in various disciplines at sporting facilities in Belize City, Orange Walk, Belmopan and San Ignacio. This morning the announcement was made by the Minister of State for Sports. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Belize, for the very first time, will be hosting the CODICADER Games in July.  The Central American Council of Sports and Recreation, as it is formally known, is an agency of SICA.  Its primary objective is to aid in the bolstering of integration, solidarity and peace among member states.  As such, the games will see student athletes between the ages of six and twelve from across Central America participate is six days of challenges in various sporting disciplines.

 

Ritchel Dominguez, National Sports Directors

Ritchel Dominguez

“We in Belize, it’s very rare we get to host these competitions and that is why is I think my staff and myself, and even Genesis Arts, who have come onboard to partner with us, are excited and we are all excited and waiting for that day.  And we are doing our best that Belize may be represented and that the kids coming may enjoy a good time in Belize.  We want to make CODICADER exciting.  We want to make CODICADER so that these kids that are coming enjoy Belize and take back that memory of how beautiful Belize is.”

 

The various sporting activities will include table tennis, football, basketball and volleyball and will be held simultaneously in Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Belmopan and Belize City.

 

Elodio Aragon

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State, Ministry of Youth & Sports

“This is the first time ever Belize will hold the under-thirteen CODICADER Games for primary school students.  It has not been an easy task because at the end of the day everything comes down to resources.  But I’m proud to know that we have come together at the level of the ministry, at the level of the National Sports Council, stakeholders and businesses in Belize to make this a reality.  This will become a reality for Belize and I know that we are all anxious for this to happen here in July.  I wish to take this opportunity to share with you what CODICADER stands for and why these games provide a great social and economic opportunity for Belize.”

 

CODICADER, made up of government-led sports organizations in the various countries, has put together a calendar of events for 2016 which includes the Under-thirteen games in Belize in the coming months.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“CODICADER’s membership is comprised of ministries of sports in each Central American country.  One of the responsibilities of CODICADER is the implementation of the Central American Games for students at the primary and secondary levels and for persons with disabilities.  In 2016, three CODICADER events will be held in the region.  Belize will kick off the games with the primary school competitions to be held from July sixth to the eleventh, 2016.  This will be followed by Honduras who will host the secondary schools competition in September of this year and then Nicaragua who will host the games for persons with disabilities in November of this year.”

 

Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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