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Dacres holds IOC Athletes’ Commission plans

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:13 AMDaniel Wheeler/Gleaner Writer

World Athletics Champio­nships discus throw silver medallist Fedrick Dacres says that he is putting off plans to join the International Olympic Association Athletes Commission as he believes the focus should be on doing what is necessary to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Dacres was announced as one of the 30 candidates vying for four available places on the 23-member commission last December, with 12 of the positions being chosen by the athletes.

Elections were supposed to take place this summer during the Olympic Games, but its postponement to July 2021, because of the pandemic, means there has been no indication whether the elections will proceed as planned from July 14 to August 4.


“The situation is that we are trying to get everything under control in terms of the [coronavirus pandemic], so it wouldn’t be wise to actually think about my [candidacy] during this pandemic thing,” Dacres told The Gleaner.

Despite local restrictions in place, Dacres says that plans have not stalled in preparing his pitch to the athletes as he has been getting assistance from the Jamaica Olympic Association.

“It has been slowed, but work is still being done on that,” he said.

Candidates elected to the commission serve an eight-year term.

Although inactive from compe­tition, Dacres is keeping busy while isolating. Not only has he been maintaining his training regimen, but he has also used the time to focus on his new business venture, Grand Connection Investments, which was launched recently. He says that he is pleased with the initial reaction to the endeavour, which started two years ago.