All’s well that ends well? – JOA explains absence to Olympic medallists

By July 27, 2019

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.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Jamaican delegation welcomed to Para-Pan Am Games Jamaican delegation welcomed to Para-Pan Am Games

    Jamaica’s delegation to the 2019 Para Pan American Games was greeted with a welcome ceremony when they arrived at the athletes’ village in Lima, Peru on Thursday afternoon.

    Dressed in black and gold with black caps the members of the delegation led by Chef de Mission, Leonie Phinn sang the national anthem and Bob Marley's "One Love" and announced their arrival with "What a gwaan, wi strong".

    The receptive crowd waved miniature flags in return.

    Chef de Mission Phinn presented former Peruvian athlete, Giorgio Mautino, the Mayor of the Village, with a bag in the colours of the national flag and which contained local spices, Blue Mountain coffee in addition to Jamaican clothing and headgear.

    Phinn thanked Mautino for the tremendous hospitality extended to the Jamaican delegation and assured him that she was confident that the Games would be successful.

    “Welcome ceremonies are always somewhat emotional for they remind you that the journey for the country now begins and the hoisting of the flag and the National Anthem embody reverence and pride, the feeling of which cannot be underscored,” said JPA President Christopher Samuda.

    The Para Pan American village accommodates more than 4,000 para-athletes and officials from the Americas and Caribbean.

  • No more 'loser' Cups - ISSA announces changes for KO competitions as new schoolboy season looms No more 'loser' Cups - ISSA announces changes for KO competitions as new schoolboy season looms

    Local schoolboy football organisers Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) announced plans to yet again re-evaluate the structure of its historic Walker and Ben Francis knockout competitions, which had come in for some criticism last season.

    The plans were announced as the details of the 2019-2020 season were revealed at the official competitions' launch at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, in St Andrew on Wednesday. The 2019 season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 7 with seven Manning Cup games and 31 daCosta Cup matches.

    Digicel, in its second stint as title sponsors, last year announced that the telecommunications firm and entertainment provider would invest $75 million over three years in the urban area Manning Cup and Walker Cup Knockout competitions. Wisynco, then, announced a sponsorship package of close to $100 million, over the three years, in the rural area daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Knockout.

    The 2019 season will see 129 teams competing for the six trophies. In addition to the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup, teams will also compete for the Walker Cup Knockout, Ben Francis Knockout Cup, Champions Cup, and the season-ending Olivier Shield.

    The Ben Francis and Walker Cup competitions were labelled the "losers cup" as last year's format prevented top schools from competing.

    Linvern Wright, who announced the structure of the competitions, pointed out that ISSA would not revert to the original format of the Walker Cup and the Ben Francis Cup.

    He said, "last year we were experimenting. We listened and have made changes but will not go back to the original formats.

    "The commitment continues to ensure that our players are rested for at least 72 hours between games."

    For the Ben Francis Cup Knockout, teams which placed second and third in the four respective daCosta Cup quarter-final groups will contest this competition.

    Last year, teams which ended third and fourth in the four respective daCosta Cup quarter-final groups contested the Ben Francis, which was a major change compared to the previous year when only the top four daCosta Cup teams competed for the title.

    The Ben Francis Knockout Cup will be played in three sets of matchups in three rounds, with the second round being the semi-finals and the third round, the final. 

    In the Walker Cup competition, all teams knocked out in the Round of 16 home-and-away second round tie of the Manning Cup will be involved in a playoff, with the winners matching up in a subsequent round with the third and fourth place teams in each of the two Manning Cup quarterfinal groups for four matchups.

    The winners of each of those games will qualify for the semi-finals. 

    Last season, the Walker Cup competition comprised the eight losers of the Manning Cup Round of 16 home-and-away knockouts;  a major change compared to former years when the seven preliminary round group winners and the best second-place teams earned the right to contest that competition.

    SportsMax will be media partners and will broadcast selected matches live throughout the season.

     

  • Fraser-Pryce dreaming of sub-22 second run Fraser-Pryce dreaming of sub-22 second run

    Jamaica sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has targeted adding another feat to an already impressive resume and that is becoming a member of the sub-22 seconds club.

    Despite being better known over her exploits over the half the distance, where she has claimed numerous world and Olympic titles, Fraser-Pryce has also proven to be more than competitive over the distance. 

    An impressive performance over the half-lap event was part of a memorable triple gold medal haul at the Moscow World Championships.  With a personal best of 22.09 set in London, in 2012, Fraser-Pryce is yet to crack the 22-second mark.  The feat has been achieved by five Jamaican women to date Merlene Ottey, Elaine Thompson, Grace Jackson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Juliet Cuthbert.

    Fraser-Pryce recently completed in the event at Birmingham Diamond League where she finished in third spot behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.

    “One of my dreams, one of my goals is to get below 22 seconds.  It would be an honour to get below 22 seconds,” Fraser-Pryce told Nuffin Long Athletics.

    “I’m not the best 200m runner but I love the opportunities I get to run the 200m.  I’m one of those persons that doesn’t back from anything unless you give me a 400m then don’t want to run it.”

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.