Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach had opined: “Every year, Olympic Day allows the whole world to unite behind the Olympic dream.” Guyana is no different.
Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon noted that on June 23rd every year, millions of people across the world get active to celebrate Olympic Day. She went on to say that in Guyana, Archery Guyana will continue to commemorate this day, as it has been doing since 2015 but this time expanding to the various regions.
Archery made its Olympic debut at the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920, becoming, in 1904, one of the first Olympic sports to include women.
Coaches from across Guyana shared some plans to commemorate Olympic Day this weekend in their communities. Coaches Ainsworth Pritchard, Trevor Jocintho and Carl Albert from Region 1 who recently introduced the sport to Hosororo Primary School are very enthused with the feedback. Coach Trevor Jocintho indicated that a simple competition will be hosted in Region 1 using a recently built target board. Coaches Shunette Thompson and Manley Polo Thomas from Region 9 are excitedly planning for this weekend and in Region 8 Coach Gavin Gounga and Joseph Edwin will be doing a session on Saturday with Mahdia Secondary School.
Coach Nicholas Hing, reported that for Region 4 everything is all set for Sunday’s Indoor Target Archery Competition which will be conducted under the strict safety rules which are a standard of the World Archery and its affiliated organisations. Archery Guyana, as an affiliate of WA, aims to uphold its standards and rules at all times.