Latvian undersecretary pays courtesy call on JOA

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Jamaica's apex sporting body, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), has broadened the local dialogue on sport and sport development in a way that has brought overseas stakeholders to the table in bilateral discussions.

Recently, Jnis Mažeiks, undersecretary of state/political director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, paid a courtesy call on the governing body for national sports at its headquarters, Olympic Manor, which was facilitated by JOA Director Robert Scott, who is the honourary consul for Latvia in Jamaica.

JOA President Christopher Samuda welcomed the call.

He stated: “It was timely as the association is seeking to establish viable global partnerships in sport to support and advance its strategic vision and mission of which mutuality and comity are central themes.”

Undersecretary Mažeiks expressed his pleasure in meeting the directorship and management of the JOA and confidence that his visit will serve to initiate bilateral discussions between the respective National Olympic Committees.

Discussions held were wide-ranging and very amicable and at the end a toast to the strengthening of the bonds of friendship between Jamaica and the Republic of Latvia was raised by Director Scott.

The JOA has committed to exploring the establishment of a memorandum of co-operation with its Latvian counterpart and JOA Secretary General and CEO Ryan Foster in commenting, said: “The courtesy call underscores JOA's commitment to building that bridge from the Caribbean sea across the Atlantic ocean, the Celtic sea, through the English Channel and into the Baltic sea, which washes Latvia. Far-reaching, but that's our vision.”

At the just concluded General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Qatar, the JOA signed a memorandum of understanding with Ukraine, a move which is historic as it is visionary.


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