JOA membership to vote on new Articles of Incorporation

The more than 40 sporting associations which are members and associate members of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) are now in receipt of the proposed new "Articles of Incorporation", which they are expected to vote to accept at an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting set for Thursday, December 20.

Impeccable RJR Sports sources revealed that the proposed new "Articles of Incorporation", which is 20 pages long, was sent to the respective sporting associations Tuesday afternoon. That came hours after a story carried by RJR Sports on Tuesday morning. The current Articles of Association, which was drafted in 1993 is a 12 page document with 52 sections.

The new document contains an additional 32 sections including a portion that deals with the composition of board of directors, which now calls for the addition of an athlete representative. Another section speaks to the position of Secretary General now being appointed, instead of being voted in, with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to hold that position as a none voting, ex officio member.

The JOA had sent a four page notice of the meeting to members on December 5. The notice did not provide details of the proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation. The notice called for members to vote to adopt and approve the Articles of Incorporation, proposed by the board of directors of the JOA with immediate effect.

Further efforts by RJR Sports to get a comment from president of the JOA, Christopher Samuda, on the changes were unsucceesful on Wednesday as his cellphones again went to voicemail. A 75 percent majority of the JOA membership is required to effect the changes to the Articles of Incorporation.

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