Davis appointed to ODUPA committee
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Anthony Davis, the director of sport at the University of Technology (UTech) who is on study leave in Glasgow, Scotland, has been named as a vice-president of a transitional committee of the Pan American College Sports Association (ODUPA).
The committee that was selected this past weekend in Brazil is being tasked with revitalising the continental federation that has had its fair share of challenges over the past three years.
A total of 17 countries attended an ODUPA extraordinary General Assembly convened by ODUPA vice-president, Delise O'Meally, and hosted by the The Brazilian University Sports Confederation at the Sao Jose dos Campos.
The outgoing executive committee first presented its report and then tendered its resignation. The transitional committee will now take over for the next 10 months until the elective General Assembly is held in Gwangju, Korea, together with the Summer Universiade.
In addition to Davis, the transitional committee is comprised of president Luciano Cabral of Brazil; first vice-president O'Meally, of the United States; vice-president Julio Jakob of Uruguay; general secretary Alberto Gilardoni of Paraguay; treasurer Rosaura Mendez of Costa Rica; and auditor Julio Gueda of Mexico.
The committee will also be comprised of three regional representatives - Gilles Lepine of Canada, the northern region representative; Sonia Stapf Gomez of Panama, the University Sporting Organisations of Central America and the Caribbean; and Alim Maluf of Brazil, who represents the South American University Sports Confederation.
Davis, a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, said he was proud to be a member of the transitional committee.
"I am honoured to have been elected to serve as a VP for ODUPA, which is one of five continental affiliates of The International University Sports Federation, others being the European University Sports Association, the Asian University Sports Federation and the Federation of African University Sports," he said.
"The new executive is responsible for planning and implementing sports and educational programmes in the Americas, in addition to re-establishing a functional secretariat to be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My portfolio relates to chairing the Commission for Sports and Education."
Meanwhile, four committees were set up to address development, marketing and public relations, legal affairs and sports and education.