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Fewer J'can officials for Olympics 2012

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, July 11, 2012    

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JAMAICA Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell says tight controls instituted by the London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOGOC) have influenced the local governing body's decision on the number of coaches to accompany the team to the Games.

Only four coaches were named to accompany the 50-member team at the Games from July 27 to August 12.

Bert Cameron, Maurice Wilson, Maurice Westney and Fitz Coleman were named among the 22 officials travelling this month and Fennell explained that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had limits on the number of officials that would be able to travel with the team as part of the official delegation.

"Some people think we can send any amount of coaches, physios etc that we want; it's a very tight limit and we have a number of places that's very tightly controlled by the IOC and the OC. How you spread this among the officials we discuss with the JAAA and we have arrived at a balance," Fennell said.

He drew contrast with official delegations from previous Olympics and noted that certain services that travelling officials would provide are now offered by the LOCOG, making it easier for the JOA to travel with fewer numbers.

The long-time JOA boss pointed out that any other coaches who would not be able to be part of the Games Village in London would be accommodated at the pre-Olympics training camp in Birmingham from July 15-26.

Fennell said the non-track and field athletes Samantha Albert (Equestrian); Alia Atkinson (Swimming), and Kenneth Edwards (Taekwondo) would not be a part of the camp in Birmingham as they had specific arrangements more suited to their individual sports.

He said feedback he received indicate that all things were going well in preparation for the team's arrival in a few days.

"I was in touch with Birmingham about some social events that they're planning. One of the very important elements of a training camp is to blend everybody together in one team so that we're a harmonious unit," he said.

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