South American 10k set for West Coast Demerara on Sunday


The Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) has secured approval to host the annual South American 10k. This year, the race will be an all-Guyanese affair and will be held on the West Coast of Demerara, from Mary to Edinburg.

After two initial postponements due to the lack of approval from the COVID-19 Task Force, First Vice-President of the AAG, Assistant Superintendent Sherly Hermonstine, confirmed to News Room Sport on Friday, they have received approval and the race will commence from 14:00h.

Hermonstine further explained that absolutely no spectator will be allowed at any part of the race.

The AAG had opted to move the race from its usual route on Carifesta Avenue to the West Coast of Demerara to avoid any possible congestion of onlookers.

With the event being an all-local showdown, the big rivalry between seasoned campaigner Cleveland Forde and Winston Missigher will ensue once again.

At their last South America 10k bout in 2018, just two split seconds separated Forde’s triumph from Missigher.

It will be very interesting to see how the aging legs hold up to the youth; not to mention, strategy and a new route could make it more testing.

Strong challenges are expected from Cleveland Thomas and Jonathon Fagundes.

Athletes in the Open category would compete for a first-place prize of G$150,000. Winners of the Masters category will cop $50,000. The sponsors are Banks DIH Limited and Guyana Overseas Based Sport Association Inc.

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