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Calvin Martin steps in as interim basketball president

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Calvin Martin has been appointed interim president of Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) after Dr Mark Bloomfield recently stepped down due to personal reasons.

It was confirmed by JABA that Dr Bloomfield officially handed in his resignation and is no longer at the helm of the association.

Martin, who is also president of the Southern Basketball Conference, is to hold the post until the annual general meeting and election which are due February 2018.

Bloomfield was elected president of JABA in 2015 after former president Ajani Williams had declined to seek re-election.

According to Martin, he will be having dialogue with clubs in Western Basketball Conference regarding the restart of the National Basketball League (NBL), which was last played in 2013.

“Other meetings will be held with Central, Eastern and Southern Basketball Conferences to outline our plans for the NBL, which we are hoping to start January 20, 2018,” Martin said.

The interim JABA president added that the teams will also be preparing themselves with preseason games in November and December of this year.

“We cannot just start the NBL without discussions with the clubs, and they are not well prepared. It's a long time the players have not played together, and they need to get themselves in match fit conditions,” he said.

He said one of the proposals for the future is for fewer teams in the NBL.

“We are looking to have the participation of either 10 or 12 teams,” Martin said.

According to Martin, they will stick to 22 teams for now.

— Gerald Reid