Hundreds to participate in Inter-Guiana Games from Friday

- Three-day showpiece to be officially launched on Thursday night at Providence

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Last held in 2017 in Suriname, student/athletes in the three Guianas are set to rekindle healthy rivalry from Friday morning after the 2022 edition of the highly anticipated Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) is formally launched at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, from 19:00h on Thursday.

Over 400 athletes from the three nations- Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana- will battle for supremacy in various disciplines.

There will be competition in male and female Track and Field, Badminton, Cycling (male only), Volleyball, Tennis, Football (female only), Table Tennis, Swimming and Basketball from Friday to Sunday at multiple venues in Regions Three and Four.

Expected to grace the official opening are Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Honourable Charles Ramson Jr., Director of Sport Steve Ninvalle, and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Kashif Mohammad, among others.

Suriname’s Minister of Regional Development and Sport Garcia Emmanuel, Director of Sport Gordon Tjouw Ngie Touw and other high-ranking officials are also slated to be at the opening and will also be taking in the action at the various game venues.

Meanwhile, Director of Sport Ninvalle on Wednesday afternoon welcomed the French Guiana contingent to Guyana.

“On behalf of the Hon. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson, I wish to welcome the French Guiana team to our shores. Their presence in Guyana underlines how important they view the development of mutual understanding and solidarity amongst peoples of the Guianas.”

Head of the French Guiana delegation is Territorial Councilor, Mirta Tani, who spoke on arrival, expressing delight at being back for the IGG.

“We haven’t had the IGG in five years, and this is an important championship for the young athletes of the Guianas. So, we welcoming the return and we are happy to be in Guyana.”

She added that despite having the smallest contingent of the three participating countries, French Guiana athletes are more than ready to give their all and make their presence felt in Basketball and Track and Field.

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