Daily Observer (Jamaica)

JOA’S Fos­ter gets tech­ni­cal with re­gional sports ap­point­ment

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SEC­RE­TARY gen­eral and CEO of the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (JOA), Ryan Fos­ter has been ap­pointed to the Tech­ni­cal Com­mis­sion of Caribe Sports (the re­cently re­branded Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean Sport Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which owns the old­est multi-sport global cham­pi­onships, the Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean [CAC] Games).

Fos­ter takes his seat at the ta­ble among re­gional ex­perts from English, Span­ish and French­s­peak­ing coun­tries that form the mem­ber­ship of the sport or­gan­i­sa­tion and will, along with col­league com­mis­sion mem­bers, script the tech­ni­cal agenda for over 35 sports of the games.

Com­ment­ing on his ap­point­ment, Fos­ter, who has a suc­cess­ful his­tory in man­ag­ing and ex­e­cut­ing sport­ing events, said: “Ja­maica has a seat on an im­por­tant com­mis­sion, which re­ally is the com­pe­ti­tion en­gine of the games and our team, led by Pres­i­dent Meija, will en­sure that ser­vice above self and re­gional com­mit­ment guar­an­tee the CAC ve­hi­cle fir­ing on all cylin­ders and go­ing the ex­tra mile.”

The Tech­ni­cal Com­mis­sion pro­vides over­sight man­age­ment of all tech­ni­cal mat­ters of the games and this Fos­ter said “is it­self a man­date to en­sure that the tech­ni­cal rules and pro­to­cols of the games pro­mote fair­ness and in­tegrity in in­spir­ing con­fi­dence in the ath­letes, of­fi­cials and other stake­hold­ers”.

Ja­maica has a dis­tin­guished his­tory at the CAC Games and the last edi­tion in 2018 in Bar­ran­quilla, Colom­bia, was the most suc­cess­ful games on all counts— the largest ath­lete con­tin­gency, the most medals achieved and the most dis­ci­plines par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Fos­ter has tran­si­tioned his tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise to the re­gional level. A mem­ber of the Fi­nance Com­mis­sion of the Pan Amer­i­can Sport Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Fos­ter is a com­mit­ted re­gion­al­ist and brings to the lead­ing sport en­ti­ties over 15 years of ad­vo­cacy for greater and more strate­gic re­source man­age­ment of sport for the re­gion.

How­ever, the JOA sec­re­tary gen­eral, from a na­tional per­spec­tive, prom­ises that “Ja­maica’s ex­pe­ri­ence at the next CAC Games will be very hi-tech in per­for­mance and man­age­ment”.

Pres­i­dent of the JOA, Christo­pher Sa­muda was brief but pointed in his re­ac­tion to Fos­ter’s ap­point­ment.

“An ath­lete’s best choice, an of­fi­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tor’s pre­ferred choice, and the re­gion’s sport bene­fac­tor. Well de­served,” said Sa­muda.

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