‘Let’s unite and celebrate our Olympians’- Sport Minister


While the outfit of Team Guyana at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games attracted much attention and criticism on social media on Friday, Sport Minister Charles Ramson Jr. made a call for all to celebrate the achievements of the young Guyanese as they prepare to compete on the biggest stage of their careers.

After photos and videos of the Guyana contingent at the opening ceremony surfaced, many took to social media to criticise the design of the outfit, noting a specific colour of the national flag was notably missing.

The Sport Minister clarified that his Ministry was in no way involved in the design of the opening ceremony uniform, and that was solely the responsibility of the Guyana Olympic Association.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr.

“I have seen comments critical of the colours of the uniform of the Guyana Olympic team and spurious allegations directed towards the Ministry for attempting to politicise the uniform in party colours,” Ramson Jr. said in a social media post.

“First, allow me to remind everyone that this is a time to celebrate the achievements of our young Guyanese who made it to the world stage to shine the spotlight on our beautiful country. For those young Guyanese Olympians, this is the fulfilment of one of their lifelong dreams.”

He added: “Are we really going to allow our petty political allegiance to diminish their deserving moment of glorious achievement? Are we that selfish? We must not be and we must never be. There are times to fight and there are times to unite. Internally we may have our differences, but on the world stage we must always remember “We Are One Guyana”. Never forget that!”

“For the sake of clarity, however, the Ministry was not and was never involved with the design of the uniform which includes the choice of colours. This is strictly the domain of the Guyana Olympic Association and I am advised that all of our national colours were represented.”

Guyana is being represented by seven athletes from four disciplines at the July 23 to August 8 Games.

Below is Guyana’s full contingent.

Garfield Wiltshire- Chef-de-Mission

Angelica Holder- COVID Liaison Officer/Physiotherapist

Deion Nurse- Secretary General

Aliann Pompey- Athlete Representative

Julian Edmonds- Athletics Manager/Coach

Denzel Abrams- Athletics Coach

Idi Lewis- Table Tennis Coach

Sebert Blake- Boxing Coach

Shyka Gonsalves- Swimming Coach

Aliyah Abrams- (Athlete) Women’s 400m

Jasmine Abrams- (Athlete) Women’s 100m

Emanuel Archibald- (Athlete) Men’s 100m

Chelsea Edghill- (Athlete) Women’s Table Tennis

Keevin Allicock- (Athlete) 52-57kg Boxing

Aleka Persaud- (Athlete) 50m Freestyle

Andrew Fowler- (Athlete) 100m Freestyle

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