LIMA, Peru — Following Justin Roberts’ second round match loss to Jose Hernandez, of the Dominican Republic, on Wednesday, there is a break in the competition schedule for Team Bahamas at the 18th Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
At the Club Lawn Tennis venue in Lima, on Wednesday, Chef de Mission D’Arcy Rahming Sr. appeared braced for the arrival of the bulk of the team. Previously, only the tennis players were in Lima.
Today will be hectic for the first-time chef, who acknowledged that the heavy schedule was taxing, but par for the course. He indicated that his mindset is to be in place, to make the process as comfortable as is possible for all members of the delegation.
Rahming will spend a lot of time between the Athletes Village and the airport, as he informed that 18 athletes are scheduled to arrive in Lima today. They will come at varying times and the Athletes Village is about an hour and a half away from the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima.
“The village is quite a ways from the airport and that is something to remember throughout our time here, because we have been told, in particular, to be at the airport four hours before scheduled flight departures. That means the task of ensuring everybody gets to the airport on time,” he said. “On August 2 (today), they will start coming in large numbers. I expect 18 of the athletes from track and field. The swimmers and the rest of the track and field athletes, plus the judo participants, will all be in by August 5.”
With the language barrier, and transportation challenges that have been evident thus far, a heavy task is before the chef.
However, plans for mass arrivals have been made.
Among the incoming athletes are favorites for positions in finals and possible podium appearances. Earlier, Rahming who also happens to be president of the Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF), said he hoped for encouraging performances from his sport’s athletes.
The clear expectation, understandably, though, is for athletics and swimming to lead the way.
“Yes we hope for medals, but we appreciate the athletes all giving their best,” said Chef Rahming.
Swimmers will participate in male and female sprints, individual medleys and mixed and traditional relays.
Representatives from track and field will carry the Bahamian banner in short and long sprints, hurdles, sprint relays, the men’s high jump and the open men’s decathlon.
Four team members were scheduled to arrive in Lima, late Thursday night. The group included Latario and Lathone Collie, Athletics Head Coach Rudolph Ferguson and Assistant Coach Kennord Mackey.