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Jul 2, 2021

Belize Olympic Association on Assistance to Athletes

Hilly Martinez

We also asked President Martinez about the Associations’ role in ensuring more Belizean athletes can participate and even qualify for future Olympic Games.


Hilly Martinez, President, Belize Olympic Association

“We have tried every single possible source that we can get funding from through the international solidarity program. Therefore, we got scholarships for the four athletic persons. We as Olympics do not run individual federations or associations. All of them are autonomous in their own bodies. We cannot select athletes. They are the ones who select the athletes, and they recommend to us. In the case of athletics this time, it was done with them and the international athletics association. What we do we, like for athletics, we had some Cuban coaches in for the past three four years. But, because of COVID, they could not be here this year. There were no flights. We try and provide as many coaches as possible to the federation and the federation will then pass it on to their body. And whatever events they have for qualifying, training, we try to find the funding to send them to all these events.”

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