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SPORTS 19The 53rd Ministry of Education/GTU national schools championships got off to a slow start with its 10’k road race early this morning. But things picked up later in the day with the cycling, swimming and field events. The 10K road race saw Marlon Nicholson of District five clocking a time of 37min 27seconds to win race in the boys division. He was followed by Denzil Leitch and Aram Francis of District nine.

In the Female match up District nine Beverley Inacio blistered the field in a time of 43 mins 30 seconds to win the race.

Also held today was the cycling road race from the Ocean View Hotel to Cove and John and back which was won by Hazana Eastman of District 11 for the male; while Tashana Doris also from District 11 won for the female The swimming leg of the championships was held at the Castellani pool.

The Grand Opening ceremony for the championships would be held tomorrow at the Guyana National stadium at nine in the morning. In hockey This year’s Diamond Mineral Water International hockey festival is expected to be high on talent several international and local teams are expected to participate in the tournament. President of the Guyana Hockey board Philip Fernandes The tournament was launched today. And this would be the ninth year Demerara Distillers Limited would be sponsoring the event. Brand Executive manager Larry Wills say the company is pleased to be associated with the tournament.

Carib is also on board in a major way as the company would be sponsoring the veterans’ event. Ins The tournament starts on the 27 of November and ends on the first of December at the national gymnasium. A total of 19 teams would be competing at the Diamond International hockey festival. Two international referees would be officiating in the tournament. And in football All systems are in place for the staging of the GFA/Banks beer tournament according to the organizers.

The tournament is set to kick off this Saturday at the GCC ground Bourda and would see some 32 teams competing.

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