JOA selects new Jamaican reps on PASO sports commissions

By Kayon Raynor 

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has now confirmed that directors Laurel Smith and Gary Peart have replaced veteran administrators Celson “Christian” Stokes and Garth Gayle as Jamaica's representatives on the two sports commissions of the Panam Sports Organization (PASO).

In a press release, the JOA indicated that Smith, the Secretary General of the Jamaica Fencing Federation and Peart, the president of Modern Pentathlon Association, will now serve on the Coaching and Education Commission and the Marketing and Television Commission respectively.

Radio Jamaica Sports reported on Tuesday that the JOA had written to PASO on September 8, indicating that it was replacing Gayle and Stokes on the two commissions.

The JOA in its release, said the recent appointments of Smith and Peart, provide the governing body with yet another opportunity in the new quadrennial period ending in 2024 to be part of the cornerstone of a  regional sport super structure.

Stokes and Gayle, who are no longer members of the JOA  executive, had been invited to serve for a second four year term in March this year.

In the meantime, Radio Jamaica Sports sources say members of the 41 National Olympic Commitees (NOCs) which form the Panam Sports Organization, usually recommend persons with the required expertise to serve on different commissions, but there is no requirement for said members to be sitting members of the executive or board of the NOCs.



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