ENJOY ! – Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher Samuda (left) challenges radio personality Jenny Jenny and the Jamaica Dyamites dance group after the launch of Jamaica’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games campaign at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, recently. The Games will take place in Birmingham, England, from July 28 to August 8. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England. Jamaica’s participation has long been a prominent feature of this event showcasing both our athletic prowess and Jamaica’s brand since we entered the Games in 1934.

This year will be very special in the history of Jamaica as it marks the 60th anniversary of independence as well as Jamaica’s entry into the Commonwealth.

At the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Jamaica collected 27 medals, the most ever. This year, there is a push to increase that number significantly.

Jamaica will compete in a record 17 sports, including swimming and diving as water sports, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, judo, bowls (for the first time), squash, triathlon, wrestling, table tennis, weightlifting, netball, rugby and para-athletics.

Unlike the Gold Coast where athletes were housed in one space, this year they will be housed in four villages, the Commonwealth Games Village in Birmingham, Warwick, the National Exhibition Center and the New City Centre.

The Jamaican delegation will be led by Chef de Mission Rudolph Speid, Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), with a management team comprising Martin Lyn, President of the Water Sports Federation; Elaine Hayden, General Secretary, Rowing Association of Jamaica; Kaydean Webley, Games Manager for the Paralympic Association; Horane Brown, president of the Lawn Bowls Association; and Wayne Thompson, Jamaica Teqball, General Secretary.

Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Christopher Samuda has said he intends to “blow up” in Birmingham.

“In Birmingham, the Jamaican Olympic Association will create an explosion. An explosion that will signal to the world that we are now fully grown, not only in athletics but also in other sports and that is the promise the Jamaica Olympic Association made when we took office in 2017 and we We’ve moved into 2021.

“This is the mission that we are pursuing and this is the mission that is clear to us, must be Jamaica’s lot in the future and as we roll out the Summer Olympics we will roll out also the Winter Games in Italy. we will make history,” he promised.

Samuda expects massive support from Birmingham’s diaspora, which has a large Jamaican population.

“It will be a Commonwealth blast in Birmingham where we will celebrate with the diaspora waiting patiently but with a sense of excitement and belief for our arrival and we will arrive.

“My commitment and the commitment of my administrators, is to make Jamaica a sporting signal power, 17 sports and I can promise you on the next edition, nothing less than 25”, he concluded.

While Jamaica won its most medal count in Gold Coast in 2018, the most goalscoring medal count came in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 and Glasgow, Scotland in 2014 when Jamaica won 10 each time.

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