JAAA to bol­ster ‘Lima In­va­sion’ with strong out­fit

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

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-Amer­i­can Games in Lima, Peru.

The JOA sig­nalled 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 well­con­di­tioned ath­lete to face the odds. 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,” JOA pres­i­dent Christo­pher Sa­muda said.

Dr War­ren Blake, the Pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion, said they will be look­ing to the sports’ heavy­weights to cham­pion that bid at the July 26Au­gust 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.

FIELD EVENTS

“Now we also have ath­letes in not just the run­ning events; we have 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 added.

Ja­maica has won medals at every Pan Am Games since it be­gan com­pet­ing in 1951, rack­ing up a record 14 in 1959. Ryan Foster, the JOA’s CEO, said they are look­ing to ex­ceed those num­bers.

GOALS

“When we ar­rive in Lima, it is our goal to sur­pass the records set in pre­vi­ous years. We hope to have the largest con­tin­gent par­tic­i­pat­ing in the games. We in­tend to ex­ceed the record of hav­ing 10 sports rep­re­sented at the games, and we are de­sirous of com­ing away with more than the 14 medals we earned in 1959,” Foster said. “We in­tend to oblit­er­ate every record, to take Lima by storm.”

Along with ‘In­va­sion Lima’, the JOA has also an­nounced a new part­ner­ship with the Ja­maica De­fence Force (JDF), from which na­tional sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions are likely to ben­e­fit from train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ex­pert coach­ing.

‘The syn­er­gies be­tween the JDF and JOA will re­ally help a lot of the smaller sports in terms of giv­ing ath­letes an av­enue.’

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.”

Dr War­ren Blake (left), pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion, and young sprint star Christo­pher Tay­lor.

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