IAAF wants improved relationship with Jamaica – Eyes Usain Bolt as ambassador

first_imgIAAF CEO Olivier Gers said although the federation is disappointed at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) decision to abstain from voting on new reforms for anti-doping controls in the sport, it will not impose any sanctions on the body, and, he wants to greater develop the relationship between the two bodies and also Jamaica’s athletes. Gers, who was the guest speaker for last night’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony, said that the association has nothing to fear regarding sanctions for its decision. “There’s no change (in the relationship), there won’t be any repercussions, and there won’t be any impact,” Gers said. “Don’t get me wrong, we were disappointed because of the amazing ranking and amazing weight that Jamaica has in our sport, so I think President (Sebastian) Coe and all of us on the council were disappointed not to get the full support of Jamaica, but it doesn’t mean that there will be any repercussions. We’re working together already, we’ve been talking since then, and we’ll be working to hear Dr (Warren) Blake’s (JAAA President) concerns.” Gers said that Jamaica has what he describes as a rich track and field heritage and said that the nation’s input in the sport’s affairs is important to the IAAF. He also noted that the federation wants to learn from what the nation has done, to make the sport better in other areas of the world. He continued by saying that Usain Bolt is one of the sport’s greatest finds and that he hopes he will remain involved in it after Bolt’s planned retirement later this year. “Hopefully, he won’t be too far (away from the sport), and we’ll get his passion and his talents on the administration side of what we do,” Gers told The Gleaner. “We need his fame and his dedication to the sport, but in a different fashion, because he’s an amazing trendsetter and marketer of himself so I’m looking forward to working with him in that fashion.” He said that he hopes that younger athletes would follow Bolt’s pattern of marketing himself socially. “How he markets himself through social media and other tools that exist today that didn’t always exist, that was an innate talent of Usain,” he said. “His incredible charisma, talent and his unique relationship with the fans is something we hope we can teach younger talent. We are in the business of sport and the business of entertainment, and we have to remember that we are competing with other sports as well.” Gers said that he would love to have Bolt as an ambassador at the IAAF after his retirement. “That would be great,” he said with a grin. “We haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it because we’re letting him focus on his season and letting him focus on all the milestones he has set for himself in 2017.”last_img read more


first_imgHe has millions of fans around the globe and now Daniel O’Donnell wants them all to come home to Donegal for The Gathering.The singer, who meets and greets Donegal fans from Australia to America each year, wants to make 2013 a huge party back home.He revealed “It’s no secret that I love Donegal, in 2013 I would like to invite all my fans to come and share in my love of Ireland. “It is going to be a very special year with a packed calendar of entertainment.”Paddy Harte, Chairman for the Donegal Gathering, said it is a great honour to have Daniel O’Donnell supporting the Gathering.“His international stature and profile is world renowned and our plans for the coming year can only improve by having his support.”And he added “The Gathering 2013 is a people’s project. It’s about you, your family, your neighbours, your community, your sports club, your town and county. This is your chance to showcase the very best of Donegal by organising a special event and inviting people to Donegal to be part of it.” Over the last month five community meetings have taken place around the county aimed at generating ideas for gatherings of various kinds to coincide with The Gathering 2013.These meetings were a resounding success with many exciting ideas being put forward by the local community. A big thank you to all who took part!The Gathering website has 26 events already planned for Donegal which is the fifth largest in Ireland to date, and this number is continuing to rise!Anyone can list an event, clan gathering, festival, charity event, reunion or any other idea that you feel that would make a great event in 2013 by logging onto www.thegatheringireland.com and submitting the details. DANIEL INVITES HIS MILLIONS OF FANS HOME TO DONEGAL FOR THE GATHERING was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more