Guyana is set to field one of its largest ever contingents for this year’s Commonwealth Games across seven sporting disciplines.
32 athletes are set to compete for Guyana at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 from July 28 -August 8.
The track and field contingent is the largest with 10 athletes; Emmanuel Archibald (Long Jump, 100m, 4X100m), Arinze Chance (200m, 400m, 4X100m), Akeem Stewart (100m, 200m, 4X100m), Noelex Holder (100m, 200m, 4X100m) and Quamel Prince (800m) for men and Chantoba Bright (Triple Jump), Jasmine Abrams (100m), Aaliyah Abrams (200m, 400m), Kenisha Phillips (200m, 400m) and Joanna Archer (800m) for women.
Eight table tennis players will represent Guyana; Shemar Britton (Singles, Doubles, Team, Mixed Doubles), Christopher Franklin (Singles, Doubles, Team, Mixed Doubles), Johnathan Van Lange (Singles, Doubles, Team, Mixed Doubles) and Joel Alleyne (Doubles, Team), Chelsea Edghill (Singles, Doubles, Team, Mixed Doubles), Natalie Cummings (Singles, Doubles, Team, Mixed Doubles), Priscila Greaves (Singles, Doubles, Team) and Thuraia Thomas (Doubles, Team, Mixed Doubles).
The four swimmers competing are Paul Mahaica (50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle), Sekhel Tzedeq (50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle), Patrice Mahaica (50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle) and Aleka Persaud (50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle).
Four squash players; Jason-Ray Khalil (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles), Shomari Wiltshire (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles), Ashley Khalil (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles) and, Mary Fung-A-Fat (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles) are set to attend.
Boxers Keevin Allicock (Featherweight), Desmond Amsterdam (Middleweight) and Colin Lewis (Welterweight) are confident of bringing home medals for Guyana.
Guyana’s top badminton players Narayan Ramdhani (Singles, Mixed Doubles) and Priyanna Ramdhani (Single, Mixed Doubles) will compete as well.
Christopher Griffith (Time Trial, Road Race) will be the lone cyclist representing Guyana.
Karen Pilgrim, Vice President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) said, “And that is because table tennis has been doing well enough internationally of recent that they were able to earn a spot in the team events, that is what added those eight athletes. In the case of athletics, we got the opportunity quite late to apply for what is called contingency spots which means that the Athletics Association had to name athletes they felt they could justify getting additional slots. They did so and it was on that basis that Kenisha Phillips and Akeem Stewart were added to the team.”
The GOA congratulated these athletes on their outstanding performance that allowed them to earn these spots on the team.
Due to the size of this year’s contingent, Chef De Mission Karen Pilgrim will be accompanied by Team Manager Nalini Mckoy in supervising the athletes.
Current GOA President Kalam Azad Juman Yassin added, “Among the team that we’re taking for the first time there will be two physiotherapists. We have started taking a physio to the international games and we’ve found it to be very good and they really played a part in assisting the athletes. At the end of the day, in the past in the games village physiotherapists and doctors are available but if you have your own you get quicker treatment and immediate treatment.”
From the previous 18 commonwealth games Guyana has competed in, athletes have won 16 medals inclusive of four gold.
Troy Doris’ 2018 gold in the men’s triple jump was the country’s lone medal at the games held on the Australian Gold Coast.