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`Velodrome still at discussion phase’-Director of Sport

first_imgOF the questions asked of sport infrastructure within Guyana, the one frequently asked by the cycling fraternity is: “When will we get a velodrome?” For months there has been chatter concerning a velodrome being built in Guyana to further the advancement of cycling within the country. There has been an overwhelming amount of letters sent to high offices within the country with this theme.In a recent Chronicle Sport article, former national cycling coach and two-time Olympian, Victor Rutherford, had some input in the discussions.“Guyana is the only major country in the Caribbean and South America that doesn’t have a track; Suriname has, Barbados has, Jamaica has, Trinidad and Tobago has at least five. We have the potential for cycling,and history shows that,” Rutherford contended.Rutherford also recounted his days of cycling,which attracted large crowds at the Seawall Bandstand, and his belief that those days can return with the construction of a velodrome.His organisation is the Guyana Cycling Association of North America (GCANA).Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, when asked by Chronicle Sport about the velodrome, stated that talks relating to the velodrome were still at the discussion phase.“The biggest issue at hand right now is (that) of space to house the velodrome, as well as funding for the project.”Jones also added that he was open to discussions with the Guyana Cycling Federation with regard to the velodrome and funding.“Once funding can be identified along with the space, the plans for a velodrome can become a soon reality,” stated Jones.A velodrome is an arena for track cycling which is done indoors.last_img read more