TENNIS ace Sachia Vickery, yesterday met president of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Juman-Yassin as the world-rated player intensifies her interest to represent Guyana at the Tokyo Olympics and other major international tournaments.The 22-year-old, born to Guyanese parents, Paula Liverpool (Kwakwani) and Rawle Vickery (Linden), had expressed her desire to don the colours of the ‘Golden Arrowhead’ at the XXXII Summer Olympic Games, July 24 – August 9 in Japan.Despite not being born in Guyana, Vickery, at her Grand Slam appearances, would identify with Guyana, even sporting memorabilia of the country’s flag, which caught the attention of Guyanese around the world.“I’m open to representing Guyana at the Olympics. It’s my home country and that would be something that’s a dream of mine in the future. Even though I wasn’t born in Guyana, I still consider myself Guyanese. I embrace the whole culture and I always love going back, so I do consider myself Guyanese,” Vickery said.Yassin had welcomed Vickery’s intentions, adding “This is great news … this is something the GOA is happy about.”Upon her return on Tuesday, Vickery met with Minister of Social Cohesion Dr George Norton, where she told reporters, “I always feel happy about coming back home. I actually made a last-minute decision to come just because I wanted to see all my family and kind of visit everybody, and also I got a lot of support when I was over at the tournament (in New Zealand), whether it was messages or people calling my mom, emailing my mom and just congratulating me about the tournament. So I was really happy to come back because I felt a lot of support.”Meanwhile, the World #102-ranked player will be hosting a ‘give-back’ drive today at the GBTI Tennis Court, Bel Air from 18:00hrs to 20:00hrs, “I’m also here to give back to some players, it may not be a lot, but I’m sure that the little token could inspire someone.“I know how it feels to be given something, especially something that you’re passionate about. So I have some racquets and other stuff that I brought back to give to some upcoming players and I hope the tokens take them a far way,” the always smiling tennis player said.
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Daniel Igali in an audio interview has exclusively told www.busybuddiesng.com he is confident Port Harcourt, the capital and largest city of Rivers State, Nigeria will successfully stage a spectacular Senior African Wrestling Championships in February 2018, given the support from Rivers State Government.The Rivers State capital was in August awarded the hosting right to the tournament ahead of Tunis, meaning Nigeria will be staging the showpiece competition for the first time in her history.Impressed by a recent facility tour by the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Igali who is the vice-chairman of the LOC believes the Garden City will be ready in time for the Championships.“I think we will (host a successful tournament), and I will go back to the enthusiasm I’ve seen from the Governor of Rivers State (Nyesom Wike) and from his team,” the Olympic Champion said.“We have a 13-member Local Organising Committee and I’ve seen that the members are very excited, very determined to ensure that we put up a very befitting tournament.“The Governor has said that he is not going to leave anything to chance, promising that what we (LOC) need will be provided.“I know that the finance committee has started reaching out to some sponsors. So we are going to have sponsors, we are going to have quite a number of countries coming to the tournament as well.“I’m very convinced that we will put up a befitting tournament.”Before the African Senior Wrestling Championships which runs from 7th – 11th February 2018, Port Harcourt is expected to host the Governor Wike National Wrestling Championships later this month and the Bayelsa State Lawmaker says, that will serve as a dress rehearsal to the big one early next year.“First of all, the Wike National Championships will be used as a test tournament for the African Championships,” he disclosed.“For the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, we will be using it as trials to select the team that will represent Nigeria at the Senior African Wrestling Championships in 2018.” Related