Jamaica Wrestling Federation refutes claim by JOA about reengaging former coach

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Kayon Raynor

The current president of the Jamaica Wrestling Federation has rubbished a claim by the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) that they are seeking to re-engage the services of former national coach Aurelio Valdez, who was fired last year when John Isaacs led the national body.

This comes after the JOA in a press release, responded to a Radio Jamaica Sports report aired last Friday, highlighting its interference in the team selection of the local wrestling federation at the Pan American Championship in Argentina.

In a press release, the Christopher Samuda-led organization has claimed that it intervened at the request of former coach Aurelio Valdes, after he wrote to them complaining of unfair treatment by the federation to his Cuban-based athlete Lesyan Cousin and his unjustifiable non-selection for qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The JOA said it is "obliged to treat allegations of unfair treatment by athletes, coaches or managers particularly when the same relate to Olympic Games and qualifiers which are the JOA’s business and which it is in the business of funding".

However, John Isaacs, the former president of the wrestling federation, has dismissed that assertion of unfair treatment to the athlete by the JOA.

In the meantime, with the JOA stating that it understood that new wrestling boss, Osayimwese Osagboro, has reached out to Valdez, regarding his re-engagement in the re-building of the sport, Osagboro, who previously served as general secretary, has also rubbished that claim.

The JOA did not address the fact that it actually paid the airfare for the fired coach and Cousin to go Argentina for the Pan Am Championships last year.

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