Chris Dehring the right man to lead JOA

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: VI­JAY TOLAN and Christo­pher Sa­muda, the only two can­di­dates who, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, are vy­ing to suc­ceed Mike Fen­nell as pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (JOA) are out of their league. It is very ob­vi­ous they were not groomed for suc­ces­sion. Chris Dehring is much bet­ter suited for it!

The record of his­tory may mar the dy­namism of Fen­nell’s ten­ure by im­put­ing nar­cis­sism to him. This is a con­ta­gious con­di­tion in sports ad­min­is­tra­tion, only ex­ceeded in the po­lit­i­cal arena, where it has the great­est epi­demi­o­log­i­cal po­tency. It was in­tro­duced by Lu­cifer, the fallen an­gel. The epi­demic has wreaked havoc in in­ter­na­tional sports, most glar­ingly, the ones ad­min­is­tered by FIFA, the IOC, and IAAF.

Fen­nell is as blessed with the vi­tal­ity of age as he had been with the vigour of youth when he as­sumed the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent of the JOA. He may have de­cided to stay in it longer, as it has al­ways seemed to be his call to make.


Other as­pir­ing con­tenders may have re­lin­quished their am­bi­tion wisely, in their opin­ion, to not risk com­mit­ting what may have been re­garded as an act of sui­cide to go up against him. In fact, it is well ru­moured that a well-known poll­ster came close to the edge of this precipice and was saved by the spikes in his heels.

All that said, Fen­nell served well! He de­serves a hearty bon voy­age – from the heads of all the lo­cal sports as­so­ci­a­tion and the Gov­ern­ment. Sa­muda and Tolan can be very in­stru­men­tal in en­sur­ing he does.

Chris Dehring brought ex­cite­ment with the Mound to warm the hearts of loyal fans be­moan­ing the mori­bund con­di­tion of West Indies cricket. He fol­lowed this up with se­cur­ing the bid for Ja­maica to stage an ICC World Cup Cricket tour­na­ment and led its ex­cel­lent ex­e­cu­tion. He has been a cat­a­lyst and the mar­ket­ing ge­nius be­hind Sport­sMax.

So, room for rent, ap­ply within; when Fen­nell runs out, let Chris Dehring run in! HYLTON DEN­NIS den­scrip­tions@ya­

Chris Dehring

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