“Riding for Belize” - Honourable Elodio Aragon, Jr. Minister of State – Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:00

March 22, 2016
The Annual Cross Country Cycling Classic is an iconic sport in Belize.  This annual race forms a part of our history and is embedded in our culture. As the race takes off on Holy Saturday, Belizeans at home and abroad are filled with excitement as they tune in to follow this national sporting event. 

This race is testament to the fact that the Cycling Classic is not only a demonstration of our strength, endurance and skill; it is also one of the most powerful uniting forces for Belize.  So as our male and female cyclists make their way across our western hills and valleys, we hail their talents and celebrate them as our sporting heroes and heroines.

In the midst of this 2016 race, I invite you to see sports as a key element in nation building. Sports remains pivotal to breaking down racial and ethnic barriers, engaging youth, promoting diversity, ensuring gender equity and equality, and fostering community cohesion and community mindedness. In this sense, the Annual Cross Country Cycling Classic is a ride for Belize, a ride that says to the world that while we are a part of the regional and international community, we also remain a sovereign nation.

So as we move forward into this Easter Season, I salute all those who have embraced sports, particularly those heroes and heroines who keep pedaling for this beautiful Jewel we call home.
Keep strong, stay united and together we can move to higher heights.