Bodybuilding Federation making bid to host CAC in 2022
The Guyana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) President, Keavon Bess, on Wednesday presented a plan to Assistant Director of Sport, Melissa Dow-Richardson, proposing to host the 2022 edition of the Central America and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships.
It is a plan he is confident of being approved at the 2020 Congress.
Bess, who is also the legal counsel for the Caribbean Bodybuilding Federation, felt he has a 98% chance of being successful when he presents the bid to the Federation in 2020 when the Games are held in Colombia during the month of September.
“In 2004 we did such a good at hosting; I believe our reputation speaks for itself and for the past 15 or more years we have been sending athletes to compete and we have been sending athletes for the past 15 years. There is no reason for us not to be granted to host in 2022.”
Bess stated the main issue they will have is finances since they have most of the stuff intact; those being a venue and hotel accommodation. It is understood the approximate figure to host the championships is G$25 million.
Athletes from 25 countries usually attend the champions, which, according to Bess, would be one the largest international sport event to be held in Guyana.
Dow-Richardson said Government will be in support. “In addition to the sport of bodybuilding, we have 39 other active sporting disciplines here in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The commitment has been made at the highest office that investment will grow and continue as we progress so I have every expectation and confidence that this competition will be supported, and other federations and associations that have their ducks in a row, their books in order who seek support from the government will get it.”
Five-time Mr. Guyana, Kerwin Clarke, who captured Gold this year in the under 176lbs class when the Games were held in Dominican Republic, said he hopes they are successful so he can produce another best showing at home.
Current Director General at the Ministry of Tourism and former bodybuilder, Donald Sinclair, is part of the team that will propose the bid. Bess and seasoned Bodybuilding judge Frank Tucker are the other two members.