Judo Athletes off to Puerto Rico, Commissioner Office wishes them the best

On July 15, at the High Performance Training Center in Yogesh Commercial Center, Cul de Sac, there was a kick-off ceremony for Michaelangelo and Ivan Bell, who will be traveling to Puerto Rico tomorrow, July 16, to represent St. Maarten on the team of the Netherlands Antilles who will compete in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games. 

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The moderator of the event, Artwichgt Bell welcomed everyone present and provided some information about the event and the competition that the young men will be traveling to.

The games are held every 4 years, starting at the end of the week and finishing at the end of the month. These young judo athletes will represent us with the NA delegation with 14 sports, and about 140 persons. This event leads up to and is a crucial part of the preparations for the 2012 Olympics.

On behalf of the office of Commissioner Frans Richardson and the Tourism Bureau, David Christian said that knowing the track record of the individuals who will be traveling to represent St. Maarten on the NA team, he expects nothing less than them coming home with gold. "I wish them the best," he said.

Head coach of the Bell brothers is Ludson Evers, who will be traveling with the young men to Puerto Rico, said some encouraging words. "We are going out there to represent St. Maarten as part of the Netherlands Antilles team. The goal is to bring home some medals," Evers said.

President of the St. Maarten Judo Association, Franlklyn Cuffy wished the team well and expects the duo to do well, given the hard work that they have put in training and practicing. They are prepared. I am sure they will make St. Maarten proud.

Judo athlete Ivan Bell said some words also, saying that he has been practicing judo for 12 years. When I compete, I am serious and transform myself into a "sort of machine" ready to take on anything. I will also be proud to bring back a medal.

Dr. Spencer will travel along with the delegation as the Sports Doctor.

The NAOC representatives will be Maria Bass and Elvin Henriquez.

The St. Maarten Sports Federation organized the kick-off ceremony for the athletes from St. Maarten.