Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Christopher Samuda has instructed the country’s athletes to position themselves to benefit from the unprecedented number of qualifying sports disciplines that will be available to them ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
According to Samuda, the 2023 Pan American Games scheduled for Santiago, Chile, from October 20 to November 5, and the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games, scheduled for June 23 to July 8 in San Salvador, El Salvador, do not are no longer “second cousins” to the Olympics, but “significant Games” in their own right.
“This is indeed breaking news as the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games will have the most qualifying sports for any Olympic Games in its history and therefore I encourage all athletes in all sports to strive to book their tickets for these Games and give themselves the opportunity to represent Jamaica in 2024 at the Paris Olympics,” Samuda told CNW Network.
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From a Jamaican perspective, sports disciplines with direct qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics, which will be at the 2023 Pan American Games, include archery, boxing, breaking, diving, equestrian, field hockey, gymnastics, handball, modern penthatlon, sailing, shooting, sport climbing, surfing, table tennis, lawn tennis and water polo.
And those sports disciplines with qualification standards and points for the Olympic ranking for the Paris 2024 Games include athletics, badminton, three-on-three basketball, bmx, cycling, swimming, taekwando, triathlon and weightlifting.
“As this administration of the Jamaican Olympic Association has argued, the Pan American Games, along with the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, are no longer second cousins but are important Games in their own right. whole,” noted Samuda.
He added: “So what do we say at the JOA to our men and women who aspire to wear black, green and gold in Paris in 2024, we say to follow the program of the JOA and the Pan American Games of Santiago 2023 and enter the Games.