IOC delegation arrives in Jamaica
Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher Samuda (left) in discussion with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach following the IOC president's arrival at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Friday for a three-day visit to the island. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

ST JAMES, Jamaica – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and eight other members of his delegation arrived at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Friday evening.

The delegation is being hosted by the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) as it hosts a series of events, where local sporting bodies will have an opportunity for discussions with the IOC on ways of strengthening their visibility within the Olympic movement.

JOA director, Michael Frater, said this visit presents what he describes as a great opportunity for Jamaica.

"The highest ranking person in the IOC visiting Jamaica is actually a great opportunity for us," Frater told the Jamaica Observer. "We can have dialogue with him and get certain things out there that we require a serious discussion about and see how this may benefit us."

This is Bach's first visit to Jamaica in an official capacity since he became IOC president in 2013. He departs the island on Sunday.

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