With just over 15 months to go before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Christopher Samuda remains optimistic that the nation will be represented in at least 10 sporting disciplines at the 32nd Olympiad. Speaking with the RJR Sports recently, Samuda was quizzed for an update on the qualification process which continues across many disciplines.
“Certainly if Pan Am is an indication, thus far, we have thirteen that have already qualified for Pan Am which is historic. So if you use that, then we are in a good position to fulfill our mandate “10 in 20” but later in the year I’ll be in a better position to tell you how many have qualified. And certainly from our perspective, we are driving all of the disciplines and saying to them the goal is to go to Tokyo and ensure that Jamaica makes another historical move in terms of representation and also performance.
Jamaica competed in four sporting disciplines at the Rio Olympics in 2016 - athletics, gymnastics, swimming and diving. The nation ended with 11 medals, comprising 6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze, all from the sport of athletics.