Paramaribo Suriname Sports
The Association of Sports Journalists of Suriname (VSJS) announced earlier this week that FGCU senior swimmer Evita Leter has added her name to the list of awards that have been won in a calendar year when she was named Suriname Swimmer of the Year. The announcement comes just days before she and her husband will compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Suriname has qualified for the Olympics for the first time since the 1964 Olympics. She is the second Suriname in history to qualify for both the Olympics and the World Championships in the same year, joining swimmers like Katie Ledecky from the US national team in Rio. At the 1980 Olympics she qualified for Rio in 1: 55.11, one of only two women from the country.
Trinidad and Tobago were eliminated from the last qualifying round against Haiti, meaning they finished sixth in the region and moved up to 128th.
Suriname will face Haiti, Costa Rica and El Salvador in the third round. Suriname will play Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras and Panama in their first two games of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The capital, Paramaribo, which is located in Suriname, is the second largest city in the country with 1.2 million inhabitants and one of the largest cities in South America and the third largest in Latin America. The main rivers are bordered to the north and south by the Caribbean Sea, as can be seen from the picturesque view of a river valley in this photo from a recent visit to the city. Paramarsibo is located in a tropical region where the rivers flow with the wave of multiculturalism in our country. These include the Courantyne, which is part of our border with Guyana, the chestnut trees, which are part of the border with French Guiana, and also the Para River, an important source of drinking water for the whole country and its inhabitants.
Suriname is a member of the South American CONMEBOL confederation and is a member of CONCACAF, which covers North, Central America and the Caribbean. It borders the countries Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia.
Suriname has played in every FIFA World Cup qualifier since 1962, but has never qualified for the final. The country has not qualified for a World Cup due to a national law, which means that citizens leaving Holland automatically lose their status and dual nationals cannot claim it, which sets it apart from most countries in the world.
While neighboring French Guiana has welcomed the movement in France (read more about the far-fetched history of French Guiana here), the Surinam government has taken an anti-colonial stance on this issue, not only limiting the potential of the soccer team, but also adopting a pro-internationalist stance and limiting its potential. With Holland as former colonial masters, Sur iname has lost its status as a qualifying country for the FIFA World Cup for the next four years.
Spanish and English settlers colonized the country first, Spain explored Suriname in 1593, the Dutch began to colonize the country in 1602, followed by the English, and then it became a Dutch colony in 1667. Spanish and English settlers first colonized the lands, but in all likelihood a simple form of cricket called Bat Bal was introduced in the Nickerie district in Sur iname around 1880. Of course, it would be naive to suggest that players who left Suriname after growing up in Holland, where there are few opportunities, would have been the same players if they had stayed in their home country.
One of these men was the late, great and legendary Willem de Klerk, a former footballer who captained Suriname in the 1940s and played professionally in Brazil and Holland, the first player to play Suriname. He later became a successful sports official, helped found the Caribbean Football Union, became its first president and later vice president of FIFA. Dutch team, he was one of the earliest and most successful players in Suriname history, but he was not the last. In the 1950s he appeared, first playing for the Dutch national team and then for the Dutch national team, combining technically exquisite football with a dash of South American flair. Belgian football team and was one of the first players in Suriname to make a mark on a Dutch team.
The US boycotted the Moscow Olympics and was replaced by Cuba, with Suriname also opting for a boycott and therefore again not appearing in the Concacaf Gold Cup. They won a game against Trinidad and Tobago, lost to Haiti and then lost to Haiti in the semi-finals of the 2006 CONCACAF World Cup, which is why they did not participate in the World Cup again. It joined the ICC in 2002 and played in a cricket tournament in Panama in 2004, before joining the Caribbean Football Union (CFA) in 2005, when more teams were introduced, and the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world's second-largest international sports organisation, in 2006. With the rise of football and other sports such as baseball, basketball and tennis, more and more South Korean youth are interested in these sports.