President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Christopher Samuda said the JOA is willing to withdraw Jamaica’s athletes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if, in light of the evolving Coronavirus pandemic, Japan was not able to guarantee their health and safety.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that involves the exchange of coaching expertise, technical and scientific research and sport medicine capabilities across the sporting disciplines.

The Jamaica Olympic Association has sought to clear up suggestions it neglected to pay full respsect to six Jamaican Olympians who collected upgraded silver medals during the Mueller Anniversary Games in London last week.

The six, who were having bronze medals from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics upgraded, had voiced disappointment that there were no Jamaican officials to share what was a proud moment for them.

According to the JOA though, every effort was made to be present and the presence of the girls at the ceremony in London, had much to do with its efforts to ensure the event took place at a time convenient to the athletes.

“We didn’t have a representative from Jamaica, from the JOA, no one. I feel disappointed,” Novlene Williams-Mills had said after the occasion.

Williams-Mills, along with Shereefa Lloyd, Shericka Williams, Rosemarie Whyte-Robinson, and Bobby-Gaye Wilkins collected silver medals for the mile relay in 2008 while Christine Day, Lloyd, Whyte-Robinson, Williams and Williams-Mills, collected silver medals for 2012.

“For many years I represented Jamaica at the highest level. I have represented Jamaica at four Olympics at the highest level, World Championships at the highest level. I’ve made multiple Jamaica teams and for not one person from the JOA or in sports was able to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure that we were taken care of was really disappointing.”

According to the the Olympic body, however, upon being informed of the medal ceremony, they entered into discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about scheduling a convenient date for all stakeholders.

Despite those efforts, however, the JOA was not able to send representatives because of prior commitments to the 2019 Pan America Games in Lima, Peru.

The challenge in being able to attend, the JOA said, was relayed to the athletes but that all preparations for a smooth medal ceremony, inclusive of accommodation and airtravel had been handled by the International Olympic Committee.

“They were advised to take into consideration the fact that the event being only three weeks away, there may be logistic challenges, particularly in view of firstly, the fact that persons including some Olympians and their allowed guests required visas and, secondly, the imminent games commitments and preparation requirements of the JOA which may very well preclude attendance,” the body said in a statement on Friday.

The body was also quick to point out that the view that the athletes were not seen as priority was erroneous, and that it would always seek to commend the athletes on their achievements.

 

With regard to the arrangements being made, the JOA said the Olympians were informed that the IOC would be responsible for flight arrangements to and from the event, as well as hotel accommodations and that the IOC would liaise with the IAAF regarding transportation and event logistics.

The Jamaica Olympic Association has appointed retired Olympic sprinter Michael Frater O.D. as president of a newly created Athletes’ Commission.

If Christopher Samuda has his way, Jamaica will become a preferred destination for prime sports-related events.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) on Tuesday presented the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) with a cheque for JMD$3.5million that will cover the salaries of the coaches of the men’s national Under-23 football team - Donovan Duckie and Merron Gordon.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) launched its Women in Sports Commission, a call to action to empower girls and women to participate in sports and become decision-makers.

The sixth Clarence Brown (CB) Crocs International Sevens Rugby Tournament was launched on Friday at the R Hotel in Kingston. The tournament will take place at Sabina Park on Saturday, January 19 starting 8:00 a.m.

The Jamaica Olympic Association has brokered a US$200,000 partnership with corporate giant Lasco that will benefit athletes and administrators from Jamaica’s 41 sporting bodies.

President of the Jamaica Olympic Association Christopher Samuda believes the current impasse between the island’s cyclists and the national coach cannot be allowed to derail national champion’s Dahlia Palmer’s campaign to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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