New NACAC President Mike Sands promises to serve without prejudice

By July 02, 2019
New NACAC President Mike Sands promises to serve without prejudice Kermit Taylor

Former president of the Bahamas Athletics Association Mike Sands is the new president of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC).

He won the vote during the 2019 NACAC Congress in Queretaro, Mexico on Tuesday, July 2

He replaces former president Victor Lopez who did not seek re-election.

Sands won the preliminary vote with 10 of the 31 votes cast. Alain Jean Pierre of Haiti got eight votes with Claudia Perez of Mexico picking up seven.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Ephraim Serette of the NAAA got only four votes while Dr Warren Blake of Jamaica got two.

During the final round of voting Sands got 14 votes to Jean Pierre’s 12 with Perez picking up the remaining five votes.

“I am very humbled by the confidence displayed in me by all the member federations. I am looking forward to the challenge that also comes with being the regional representative on the IAAF Council,” Sands told Sportsmax.TV following his victory on Tuesday.

“I am looking forward to serving all the member federations without prejudice.”

In that vein, Sands said he expects to meet with all the member federations in the short term to undertake a SWOT analysis of the challenges they face so that he will be able to assist them in determining the way forward.

Meanwhile, President of the BAAA Drumeco Archer said he is elated that a member of his executive is now NACAC president.

“I believe that it bodes well for sports in the Bahamas as we continue to demonstrate that we have the capacity to lead in the sport of athletics,” he said.

“More importantly, we are not only producing elite and high-performance athletes but  we are also driving the business of sports from the Bahamas and I am very happy because, in my bid for the presidency of my federation, that has been one of my mantras; we must move beyond just competition but we must be driving the business of sports and the administration of sports very differently.”

Archer said Sands worked tirelessly on the ground and fought a herculean fight.

“This fight would have dated back to 2015 when he would have won the vice presidency of NACAC, having to withdraw from the executive board of NACAC at the time since Pauline Davis-Thompson would have been an IAAF Council Member,” Archer said.

“Today, another opportunity has been presented to him and God saw it fit for it to be Mike Sands. So, on behalf of my federation and the people of the Bahamas we are immensely proud of Mike Sands.”






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