Blake to re­tain JA A A pres­i­dency with­out chal­lenge

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

DR WAR­REN Blake will be re­turned un­op­posed as pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion (JAAA) at next Tues­day’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing set for the Medal­lion Hall Ho­tel.

Blake, who as­cended to the post fol­low­ing the death of then Pres­i­dent Howard Aris in November 2011, was ear­lier this year ex­pected to face a chal­lenge, but will now be ush­ered into an­other four-year term along with his ex­ec­u­tive, fol­low­ing the clos­ing of nom­i­na­tions on Satur­day.

The in­cum­bent has no com­pany for the pres­i­den­tial post with JAAA gen­eral sec­re­tary Garth Gayle con­firm­ing this in a re­cent chat with The Gleaner.

“At clos­ing time of nom­i­na­tion on Satur­day, November 19 only one group had been nom­i­nated where the elec­tion will only be con­tested by the 17 mem­bers from the group and the only thing left to be done is for these 17 mem­bers to be rat­i­fied by the mem­bers of the com­mit­tee,” said Gayle, who has held his po­si­tion in the as­so­ci­a­tion since 2000.

Ear­lier in the year there were news swirling in the pub­lic that Blake would have been strongly chal­lenged with a mem­ber of his own ex­ec­u­tive, Dave Myrie, the first vice-pres­i­dent heav­ily tipped to go against Blake.

How­ever, in an interview sev­eral weeks ago, Myrie hinted that he was not con­test­ing the elec­tion.

Giv­ing his opin­ion on the rea­sons be­hind the lack of chal­lenge, Gayle backed Blake’s stew­ard­ship of the or­gan­i­sa­tion over the past five years.

“I can­not speak why oth­ers have changed their mind, and I can only talk for mypres­i­dent. I think peo­ple have seen where he has done a great job and re­alised that it will be of no use in chal­leng­ing him,” Gayle said.

BEST PER­FOR­MANCES

“Un­der Blake’s pres­i­dency Ja­maica has had its best per­for­mances on the world stage in track and field as at the Bei­jing Olympics in 2012 the coun­try was sec­ond over­all of 212 Fed­er­a­tions while at the re­cent Rio Olympic Games we stood tall. We have also had out­stand­ing re­sults at the World Youth and World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships, and we con­tinue to dom­i­nate at the Carifta Games and those are in­di­ca­tions that our pres­i­dent is do­ing an ex­cel­lent job,” Gayle rea­soned.

There could, how­ever, be some changes on the new ex­ec­u­tive body with Gayle, with­out re­veal­ing the iden­ti­ties of the non-re­turn­ing mem­bers con­firmed the de­vel­op­ments.

“All I can say at this mo­ment is that a press re­lease will soon be out and the pub­lic will know who the mem­bers are who will make up the new ex­ec­u­tive,” said Gayle.

BLAKE

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