Christopher Samuda is JOA president
Christopher Samuda is JOA president

Christopher Samuda will serve another four years team as president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA). The noted attorney defeated challenger Alan Beckford 40-10 during the extraordinary general meeting at Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on Saturday (10 July).

Samuda, a founding partner in the Law Firm, Samuda & Johnson, was first elected president on 27 June 2017. He replaced Mike Fennell, who did not seek re-election after 40 years at the helm.

“I am very grateful to our members who continue to repose confidence in my team and I,” said Samuda.

Samuda, who along with his team is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (24 July to 8 August), continued: “Success is ours today, but tomorrow’s victory will be for the membership of the Jamaica Olympic Association with whom we continue to articulate a version for sport, with whom we continue to build sport, and with whom we continue to design a legacy for aspiring generation in sport and generation yet born.”

Jackie Cowan will now serve as first vice-president after defeating incumbent Nelson Stokes 29-21, while Robert Scott beat Ian Forbes 33-17 for the 2nd VP post.

The JOA directors to support Christopher Samuda

Yvonne Kong, Raymond Anderson, Stewart, Laurel Smith and Gary Peart.

The association will continue to get support from CEO Ryan Foster.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1936 and has been ascribed the honour of being the National Olympic Committee of Jamaica. As the official representative for the Olympic movement, the JOA has been a builder of legends since 1948 when we participated in our first Olympics in London.

The mission of the Jamaica Olympic Association is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in Jamaica and to ensure that athletes from Jamaica attend the Olympic Games.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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