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Jul 6, 2011

Belize to participate in pan American Games

The Pan American Games is a multi-sport event held every four years with athletes from all nations in the Americas. The sixteenth staging of the games will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from the fourteenth to the thirtieth of October and Belizean athletes will be competing. With violence from drug cartels at an all time, the security of athletes is a primary concern. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Just a hundred days away from the staging of the Pan-American Games, our neighbors to the north held a press to update the media on the work that they have done in the City of Guadalajara to host the games.

Hector Peralta, Charge d’ Affaires a.i., Embassy of Mexico

“They have invested a lot to develop a comprehensive aspect of the preparation. From the housing or hotels, they have created or build new hotel rooms; they have built twenty three new facilities for the sports. The have built a Pan-American villa for the athletes. They have invested in renovating the access roads. It has been a huge investment and they have been preparing for this event in the last sixteen years. Now that today is the hundredth day before the opening, they are saying ‘we are ready’. They have finished the building. They have been in the construction they have just attached the last details to the opening ceremony. Maybe they are expecting more than fifty thousand visitors. They are preparing for all that is required of them so that when they be there in Guadalajara they feel at home, and like we say in Spanish ‘Bienvenidos, mi casa es su casa.”

And some of the big names expected to be travelling to Mexico in October will be participating only in the athletics discipline:

Edward Pitts, President, Belize Olympic& Commonwealth Games Association

“Athletics is the only discipline that is likely, not is likely that will go because cycling have the last outing they have they were not able to qualify so athletics is the only one that can qualify up to the thirtieth of July.”

Andrea Polanco

“Are there any particular athletes that you’re looking at to send so far, any big names?”

Ian Gray, President Belize Amateur Athletic Association

“Well we, uh Kaina Martinez, she brought three medals for us two weekends ago. She will be there as well. We have Trecia Flores, Kady Vaughn, Shenelle Enriquez. On the men’s side; we looking at Justin Awe, Mark Anderson from Cayo. So we have our Belize based athletes. We also have some based outside. Kathleen Sealy based in the UK, Kenneth and Jonathan Williams and more. So we have a mixed cadre of athletes. We have about eighty percent who are living and training here and the balance live and train outside.”

And since some of the best will be Mexico, measures are being put in place to ensure their safety:

Hector Peralta

“The Federal government, the state government and the government of the city have coordinated a plan. They will have they have mobilized a lot of resources now it’s at a technical level at the preparation level. But the information that I have is that days before the opening they will start to put enforce operation in order to keep safe the people that they don’t have to be concerned about this matter.”

Ian Gray

The athletes have been preparing to excel at the games:

Ian Gray

“Preparation has been ongoing for the athletes who are living here and those who are training overseas are being prepared by the university coaches. We not only encourage athletes to be prepare for the games but to be in shape year round. After this is done, the big goal is the Olympics.”

Andrea Polanco

“So can we expect to see a couple medals come August?”

Ian Gray

“Anything is possible.”

The full roster for the Belizean delegation will be finalized until the end of July. Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

The Belizean athletes will be participating in a number of events in the athletics discipline including the relays, heptathlon, long, triple and high jumps, hundred, two hundred and four hundred relays.

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1 Response for “Belize to participate in pan American Games”

  1. cayobway says:

    Please ! Please no mek saldiva mess wid the atletics department he wah screw them up even mek him go wid them da mexico, because when e cum bach e wah waan put chuc in chaage a dat also.

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