Jamaica adds four sports to Olympic roster

August 28, 2017
Newly elected Jamaica Olympic Association president Christopher Samuda.


Jamaica Olympic Association president Christopher Samuda said the country is aiming to qualify teams from eight different sports for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and is hoping that one or two of the four recently added sports to its roster will be among teams making the trip in three years time.

The JOA recently added chess, handball, skateboarding, and darts to its membership roster after the four local bodies met and presented their strategic and business plans to the JOA for approval.

The sports federations will now be making a bod for membership to the international federation of their individual sports.


Better chance


Handball and Skateboard are on the roster for the 2020 Olympics in Japan and Samuda told STAR Sports that he hopes that one or both sports will be representing Jamaica there as well.

"Absolutely," he said. It is our wish to have at least eight disciplines and we will be working with these associations and look at which of the disciplines stand a better chance of qualifying. We are now assisting them in terms of their development plan," he said.

"Something like handball I think we have a good chance. It's not a complex game, we are already athletic and we just have to learn the rudiments of the game and we stand a good chance of qualifying," he added.

Jamaica has been represented at the Olympic Games in the past by athletics, boxing, cycling, swimming, taekwondo.

Samuda is hoping that a fencing team might also qualify for Tokyo 2020.

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