Incentives coming for Guyana athletes who perform

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Athletes from Guyana who make their mark at regional and international events could soon see themselves being rewarded by government.
Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton has revealed that a revamped National Sports Policy has called for incentives to be paid to athletes who medal at major meets.
The move has come following a demand from athletes who represent the country to be rewarded for their excellent performances.
“Whether it is a junior CARIFTA gold, whether it is a Pan-American gold, whether it is a Commonwealth gold or whether it is an Olympic gold, we want for it to be well-established what level of incentives we will offer because we want to encourage athletes and we have to do that,” Norton said.
However, he warned that it would be some time before the policy is implemented.
“It is not an overnight something. We vote for a change but we want the change overnight. It is going to take some time, but we are getting there and that policy that we are developing will tell you how much we can help because we can only do that which our resources permit us to do,” Norton added.
In the draft document made public by government, there is an incentive package outlined for individual athletes or teams who win gold, silver or bronze medals at regional, sub-regional and international championships.
The package includes acknowledgements in the form of promotional tours, formal receptions and media engagements. The financial package will be a pre-determined amount of money compared to regional standards and a tangible reward in the form of a piece of land or a built house through a state-supported scheme.
However, the package can become more lucrative depending on feedback from ongoing national consultations.

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