Lamount aims for top job at JTTA | Sports


VETERAN local table tennis coach Samuel Lamount believes his time has come to take the reins of the sport in Jamaica following what he describes as ‘growing calls’ for him to throw his hat in the 2023 presidential ring.

“A lot of key players pushed me to take the presidency in Jamaica. I’m one of the people who worked hard to develop table tennis here, and I was one of the people who sent the Jamaica at the World Championships,” Lamount said.

“You have to make sure the stakeholders are happy, we have to work with them to build a proper program and club structure,” he added.

New elections, including that for the presidency of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA), are scheduled for February 2023. According to Lamount, his goal is to ensure that those in leadership positions are held accountable. of their actions and assume their responsibilities.

“You can’t have people who just want to take power and not take responsibility, and one of the most important things is the debt that JTTA has that needs to be paid. So I would like to be the person who helped free JTTA from debt,” Lamount added.

This debt, he said, must be cleared in order to bring table tennis to where it truly belongs and catch the attention of the sports-loving public. He is already planning fundraising activities to pay off the debt if he is elected president.

“What I’m going to do is try to organize fundraising events because once I take office I have to make sure those who are owed are paid,” Lamount said.

He would also seek to improve the level of sport in Jamaica.

“We want to make sure that the country becomes more competitive, which will lead to a higher level. So we would invest in young people, in addition to increasing the number of participants. We have to be qualified people for the Olympics and the world championships, but before we can think about that we have to build a group of young players who can play at a good level, so we may also have to invest in centers training,” said the aspiring president.

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