Saturday, April 23, 2011
Guatemala Rugby looking to enter CONSUR
Despite being situated in North America, Guatemala is looking to be a part of CONSUR. This follows the move of Costa Rica which is a member of CONSUR rather than the North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) organization. Costa Rica is officially afiliated as a CONSUR member and has already participated in the South American B Championship on three occassions. Rugby is also an official sport in the central American countries of Panama and El Salvador, both of which have international teams. El Salvador has only one rugby club which is known as Los Torogoces and competes in the Guatemalan Rugby Championship. Further North, Guatemala´s northern neighbour, Mexico, is a part of NACRA and is afiliated with the IRB. Guyana which is a South American country is part of NACRA as it happens to be a Caribbean country with very close ties to the members from the West Indies such as the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Founded in 2007, the Associación Guatemalteca de Rugby (Guatemala Rugby Associaion or AGR) began talks with CONSUR to become a member of the organization. CONSUR´s president, Ricardo Paganini responded by offereing support to the AGR to assist in the growth of rugby in Guatemala. In addition to entering CONSUR, the AGR also has plans to be a part of Guatemalan sporting organizations such as the country´sd Olympic committee and automoous sporting confederation.
With Thanks: www.rugbytime.com