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Jul 2, 2021

Two Athletes Representing Belize at Tokyo Olympics

Hilly Martinez

Two Belizean athletes will be representing Belize in the 2021 Olympics scheduled to be held from July twenty-third to August eighth in Tokyo, Japan. Shaun Gill will be representing Belize in the one hundred meters race. Gill was given a Universality Place, since no Belizean athlete qualified directly to the Olympics.  Amado Cruz is currently in Spain training to represent Belize for the first time in the Olympic canoe race. He was also given a Universality Place. News Five spoke via zoom with the President of the Belize Olympic Association Hilly Martinez about the athlete’s participation.

 

Hilly Martinez, President, Belize Olympic Association

“We have two athletes that will be attending the Olympic Games. We have Shaun Gill representing Belize. He will be running the hundred meters. And Amado Cruz who will be representing the canoe association. He will be competing in two events in the canoe races. Those are the two athletes that will be there.   Amado left for Spain on Tuesday. He trained there once with his coach. So, he will be in Spain training until he goes to Tokyo for the Olympics games. Shaun is a recipient of an Olympic solidarity scholarship which he has been on, he and three other athletes in Belize.  The athletic event will be on the thirty first of July and the First of August. I can’t tell you the specific day that Shaun will be running because they have eliminations before. In the case of canoe, his competition will be from the second to the fifth of August. And both of them will be there for the open ceremony.”

 

Gill’s best time is ten point five-five seconds in the one-hundred-meter dash. He is currently training in the U.S. ahead of the Olympic Games.


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