THE Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) has shot down rumours of favouritism surrounding its selection of Paul Mahaica for the role of coach for Guyana’s swim contingent at the Rio Olympics. In a comment to Chronicle Sport, GASA president Ivan Persaud stated “Paul Mahaica was chosen through a democratic process of voting.”
“Many persons wanted Shyka Gonsalves to be the coach. However, she received less votes than Paul,” continued Persaud.
Among the conflicts were statements regarding Paul, whom many viewed as inexperienced, compared with other suitable candidates. Persaud also addressed the statement, countering with the fact that Paul Mahaica is the National Swim Team coach.
He also stated that Mahaica would be coaching the Guyana Goodwill Games Swim contingent scheduled to compete in St Lucia on August 19.