Bahamas Olympic Committee elections paramount

As of Thursday, January 5, 2023


#Senior Sports Reporter

#BAHAMAS Olympic Committee president Romell Knowles said they are looking forward to another hectic year of activities, but paramount will be their election of officers.

#Although no date has been set, Knowles said he will be seeking re-election for another four-year term in office when they hold their annual general meeting and elections during the first quarter.

#Looking back at his tenure in office since taking over the mantle from past president Wellington Miller, Knowles said he was pleased with the manner in which his executive team performed.

#“We saw small sports make gigantic leaps like equestrian, we’ve seen baseball make some strides, judo made some strides, basketball made their strides and so it’s only a matter of time before these sports make their presence felt internationally in the Olympic sporting arena,” Knowles said.

#“We have an open-door policy and we have been very supportive of our member associations and federations, and we have taken the financial burden of travelling to the CAC Games, the Pan American Games, the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games, the Youth Commonwealth Games, all of which were done through the purse of the Bahamas Olympic Committee through our international partners.”

#Knowles said they were also able to assist in getting a number of associations and federations started in their coaching clinics and the women in sports have also done a phenomenal job, he added.

#“So, there are any number of things that we can point our fingers to and be proud of accomplishments, but the work is not done,” he said. “We want to continue to see our federations go full-fledged in their developments and we will continue to work with the government and our private partners for the good of the sport.”

#Once the elections are completed, Knowles said the BOC will go full force in preparing the national teams to represent the country at the Central American and Caribbean Games as well as the Pan American Games and possibly the Youth Commonwealth Games.

#And while the focus at home will be on the return of the Bahamas Games in July, Knowles said the BOC will be making its contributions to member federations to ensure that the event is successful and at the same time they will continue to prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

#“We will continue to offer scholarship assistance, both continental and Olympic scholarships, to our athletes,” he said. “So, it’s going to be very hectic.

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