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Jul 24, 2014

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

Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez

“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.”

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1 Response for “Belize Off To A Rocky Start At Commonwealth Games 2014”

  1. Lydell says:

    We only go to these sporting events as athletic tourists. Our athletes are not competitive at this level end of story. Until we get the necessary coaches and resources to work with our athletes in all sporting disciplines we want to compete in, don’t expect any miracles. I would not want to be a belizean athlete trying to compete with people who have been in a sport from they were five years old. While i admire their courage and patriotism for Belize,in my opinion i could not take the feeling of embarassment when they cant even finish a race in the sport they love as athletes. Just imagine being one of the only competitors not to finish an event that you are supposedly the best at in your country. Imagine what the other athletes from other countries must say. I’m sorry but i could not be embarassed on the world stage like that. Don’t know how they do it. I say don’t send any delegation to these games until we can be competitive and save Belize international disgrace and embarassment.

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