Welfare of athletes at top of Samuda's agenda
Christopher Samuda, the new Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, said ensuring that local sports men and women have progressive and meaningful lives after completing their careers is something his administration is very serious about and intends to make a reality.
"We will engage the media as we go forward ... we will disclose to the public our plans to transform the Olympic movement, to transform the Jamaica Olympic Association and also to ensure that the athletes, who are our indispensable assets, have the opportunity to not only excel in their sphere but become men and women who can rightfully take their places in society after the shelf life of sports has expired," Samuda said in his victory speech after he defeated Vishu Tolan in the presidential race at the JOA headquarters yesterday.
The new JOA boss who also promised improved 'changes' to the organisation, was full of praise for outgoing president Mike Fennell and his overall contribution to the Olympic movement.
"I want to publicly thank the Honourable Mike Fennell, for the years of service he has given to the Olympic movement, the sterling and quality of character and quality of leadership he displayed and his unwavering interest in the development of the Olympic movement, not only in Jamaica but regionally and internationally," the new JOA president said.
Samuda, the former general secretary, replaced Fennell who had served as head of the local Olympic movement for 40 years. He turned back the challenge of former first vice president Tolan, 20-16.