ISKA boss gives Jamaica high mark in hosting of int'l tourney

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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ROSE HALL, St James — Jamaica scored another big hit as the host of a major international sporting championship, following last week's staging of the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) Amateur World Championships at Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall.

Corey Schafer, president of ISKA, said the hosting of the three-day event from Wednesday to Friday was a success and opened the possibility of them returning here. The ISKA head also heaped praises on the local organising committee, headed by Jason McKay of Jamaica Mixed Martials Arts Association.

“The event was hosted very, very well. the organising committee was on top of every single issue and the fights were all contested at a very high level, and we had extraordinary support from all around the world. I couldn't be more pleased and look forward to a time in the near future when we can bring another event to Jamaica,” Schafer told the Jamaica Observer.

This comes on the heel of the successful staging of the ITF World Cup in 2014 by Mixed Martial Arts Association, and the ISKA boss was absolutely delighted with his most recent visit to Jamaica's north-west coast.

“My week here in beautiful Montego Bay was absolutely spectacular,” Schafer beamed.

While he said it was difficult to compare host countries, the staging in Jamaica, the first time outside of Europe and on this side of the globe, was as good as any.

“There are unique challenges to producing an event of this magnitude... there always are these challenges, but until you do an event like this you really don't know what to expect. But Mr McKay and his organisation were so well-prepared for every contingency, that it came off seamlessly and the bottom line is that the competitors and the families left feeling that the event was splendid and they really enjoyed their stay here in Jamaica,” noted Schafer.

With over 1,000 persons coming into the island for the event, the ISKA president said the figure was comparable to any others.

“For an event like this, in order to participate you must be a qualifying team member, so that is a limiting factor. it is not an open event so attendance and support was wonderful. As I said, the competition occurred at a high level and the organisation ran smoothly,” he ended.

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