Will there be training and support prior to Rio Olympics?
Additional training as well as financial support are needed to improve the performance of Belizean athletes against competing countries. And with all eyes set on Rio de Janeiro for 2016, Track and Field Team Leader of the 2012 Belize Olympic Delegation, Josephine Flowers, says that they will, with the limited facilities available in Belize, begin from now to develop and prepare athletes for the next Olympics.
Josephine Flowers, Track & Field Team Leader, Olympic Delegation
“Being there when they made it out of their first round that is history for us. So I said that these two athletes did well for Belize and hopefully for the next Olympics we will go to the finals.”
“I know several Central American countries as well as the Caribbean, a lot of them brought home medals. Why wasn’t Belize bringing home medals as well?”
“You see it is a progression. We have never made it this far. It depends on how your body is doing, how much preparation you have; what time you competed. You see competition is a big part of it and for Kaina this is her first competition for the year. So it kinda set her back a little. But hopefully, we’ll get her in a lot of activities before the next round which we hope she can go to the next World and the next Pan Am and then before the next Olympics because she still ahs one Olympics left in her. What can be done is the same thing. Kaina they got the last end of it. But if we keep them as a national team, the preparation can continue because Olympics will support any athlete who have at least reach a standard to continue. Our country does not have the population to have professional sports run all year round. If we had the population and the finance that would be the difference, but we are not at that point yet. So we have to depend on other people training our athletes for us. So hopeful we can start on some young kids, bring them up and hopefully if they are ten, eleven, by the time they are sixteen, they could get their first shot at Olympics.”