Dr Warren Blake not seeking third term as JAAA president

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Spencer Darlington

Track and field's local governing body, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, the JAAA will have a new leader when the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections are contested in November.

After serving for nine years as JAAA president and 20 years overall as an executive member, Dr Blake has decided not to seek another term as the head of track and field's local governing body.

Dr Blake first took over the reins in November 2011 when he defeated Olympian Grace Jackson 12-3 to assume office and finish off the last year in that term of his predecessor Howard Aris who had passed away suddenly.  

Dr Blake then got his first full term as president in 2012 when he comfortably beat back the challenges of Lincoln Eatmon and Jackson.

He was subsequently re-elected unopposed for another four year term in 2016. However, the orthopedic surgeon who has been practicing for over 40 years, has decided that it's time for new leadership of the JAAA.

Meanwhile, Radio Jamaica  Sports understands that incumbent General Secretary, Garth Gayle will throw his hat into the ring for the top job.

Gayle was said to be in a meeting and could not be reached for comment up to Thursday EVENING.

Reliable sources have also indicated to Radio Jamaica Sports that incumbent first vice president Ian Forbes may also consider the idea of contesting for the presidency.

When contacted, Forbes told Radio Jamaica Sports that he would be in a better position to speak early next week.

The AGM and election of officers for the JAAA is tentatively set for Saturday, November 28.



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