JAAA to boost ‘Lima In­va­sion’ with strong out­fit

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT -

Track and field ath­let­ics will be look­ing to add much power and strength to the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion’s (JOA) ‘Lima In­va­sion’, when the coun­try par­tic­i­pates in the 2019 Pan-am Games in Lima, Peru.

The is­land’s par­ent body for sports put for­ward its in­ten­tion to de­liver hall­mark per­for­mances at the sport­ing show­case of the Amer­i­cas at Tues­day’s of­fi­cial launch of ‘Lima In­va­sion’ at Up Park Camp in Kingston.

“In the In­va­sion we will not only rely on our phys­i­cal sense and emo­tional sen­si­bil­ity, but on the spirit that com­pels any equipped sol­dier, any well-con­di­tioned ath­lete, to face the odds and stare de­feat un­com­pro­mis­ingly. That spirit, which makes the or­di­nary ex­tra­or­di­nary, which makes value in­valu­able and which makes the present his­toric … is the essence of the In­va­sion of which we speak,” said Christo­pher Sa­muda, pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (JOA).

“So when mem­bers of the na­tional sport guard roll into Lima, they will take with them an ar­moury of the hopes and as­pi­ra­tions of a coun­try on their shoul­ders and ground-break­ing records be­neath their fer­tile feet and over their arch­ing arms,” added Sa­muda, an at­tor­ney-at-law.

Dr War­ren Blake, pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion (JAAA), said they will be load­ing the sport’s heavy­weights to cham­pion that bid at the July 26-Au­gust 11 Games.

“We’re look­ing to send a strong team to Lima so that we can per­form to the usual high stan­dards,” said Dr Blake of the track and field ath­letes who have made Ja­maica tra­di­tion­ally a pow­er­house in world sprint­ing.

“Now we also have ath­letes in not just the run­ning events, we’ve some strong ath­letes in the field events as well, so we’re set to do even bet­ter than we’ve done in the past,” Blake from which na­tional sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions — through ath­letes in par­tic­u­lar — are likely to ben­e­fit from train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ex­pert coach­ing.

Blake praised the ini­tia­tive, say­ing: “The syn­er­gies be­tween the JDF and JOA will re­ally help a lot of the smaller sports in terms of giv­ing ath­letes an av­enue. You could also ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties that some ath­letes could be­come full-time mem­bers of the JDF and be able to train on a full-time ba­sis with­out re­ally wor­ry­ing where the in­come is com­ing from.”

He fur­ther as­sessed: “For a lot of our sportsmen, train­ing is a part-time ac­tiv­ity, when re­ally to be good at so-called am­a­teur sports you’ve to be a pro­fes­sional ath­lete, you’ve to train full-time as if it’s a job.”

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