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Jul 6, 2016

Young Athletes Arrive for CODICADER Games

Today, delegations from several Central American countries arrived in Belize to join their colleagues who will be participating in the CODICADER Primary School championships over the next week. It’s been a challenging time for the National Sports Council with financing a primary concern, but as we saw when we arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport this morning, somehow it’s all coming together. News Five’s Mike Rudon has the story.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

This morning delegates from Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua arrived at the P.G.I.A.  From here they will be shuttled to four different locations to participate in separate disciplines. The logistics of moving all these primary school athletes, coaches, support personnel, chaperones and family members is clearly a daunting task, but the Sports Council has gotten assistance from volunteers in getting the work done. And it seems to be working so far.

 

Ritchel Dominguez

Ritchel Dominguez, National Sports Director

“This morning, we can see that the contingents are coming in. We have a few in already yesterday and today we are looking at the rest coming in. And this is the day that CODICADER really kicks off. This is the day that we separate each team in where they are going to play. As you see this crowd behind me, we are trying to get them separated where we get the football going to Belmopan, the volleyball to Orange Walk and the basketball in San Ignacio and table tennis will be played in Belize City. What has happened the whole contingent has come in so what we need to do is separate them and get them off to their distinctive place that they are going to stay.”

 

Nicaragua has sent approximately one hundred primary school level athletes who will be participating in table tennis, football and volleyball.

 

Gregorio Emiliano Garcia Castro

Gregorio Emiliano Garcia Castro, Nicaraguan Delegation [Translated]

“Really this is the first time that I’ve gotten the opportunity to visit this country, and the first opportunity that Belize has presented these kinds of activities. It’s great because it is the kids that are participating. In this event, they all are winners. The kids have come to enjoy themselves, to meet other children and to socialize with each other and this is very important.”

 

Honduras sent ninety-two persons including trainers. Their athletes will be participating in Volleyball, table-tennis, basketball and football. But while it is obvious from the aesthetics and the focus that these youths take their sports seriously, the experience in itself is a great one.

 

Erlin Flores

Erlin Flores, Honduras Delegation [Translated]

“The most important thing is to focus on the youths…that they can have the opportunity and sporting experience at this level in Central America. That they don’t only come and participate, but that they also take with them a beautiful experience from a brother country.”

 

Some of Belize’s finest athletes were also on display, getting set to challenge the rest of the region in four disciplines. This particular group is heading to Cayo to play basketball.

 

Ryan Michael

Ryan Michael, Coach, Female Basketball Team

“They are excited, I am excited because we put in hard work…hard work we put in. Many evenings when they reach home, they can’t even do some homework and parents have to come and tell me ease them a lee bit. So right now they are mentally prepared, they are well mannerly; I think we stand a good chance.”

 

From the figures thrown around, it appears that there’s still a shortfall of around three hundred thousand dollars to finance the event, but the National Sports Council is determined to make it happen.

 

Ritchel Dominguez

“What has happened is you have to realize that Guatemala opted to not come in so it is a smaller contingent and what has happened is that we are looking at doing…we are going to look at it and see with the monies that we have gotten and—like I said we are still getting monies today—so we’ll look at it and see. I don’t believe we’ll fall short, but we will be close to where we want to be.”

 

And at this stage of the game, what they don’t have, they’ll just have to do without. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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