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Richards Wants Badminton Presidency

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 1:00 AMShayne Fairman
Robert Richards

Former Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president Robert Richards says that he wants to return to the post as early as the end of this year as he contends that local badminton has been dormant since his departure.

The JBA's current slate is led by president Courtney Henry, first vice-president Linley Reynolds, and Nichole Case, second vice-president, who were all elected last May and who are mandated to serve three years, until 2019, unless there is a no-confidence vote against them.

Richards, a former national players says that he intends to lead the sport forward. "I don't really want to be the one to stamp on people's throne when they are in, but it is really a bit quiet, and I am actually concerned about it (badminton)," he told The Gleaner.

"In speaking to the Pan Am Badminton Confederation president, Vishnu Tolan, I may be coming to do some work to bring some really good international stuff to the country," he said.

PERSONAL ISSUES

Richards demitted office in January 2015, citing "personal issues". He was expected to head the administration until October that year but called time on his service after 15 months.

During his tenure, Richards was credited with the National Umpires and Court Officials Programme, attracting sponsorship to cover the annual calendar of tournaments as well as the association's successful inner-city programme and the implementation of shuttle-time.

Richards is of the view that the local badminton association might be broke.

"They need to show some presence because sponsors come on board, and they need to know what's going on in the sport and see some activity.

"Without cash, you can't care, so with the cash, they will get the youngsters back in the programmes, back in the Olympic qualification again, and moving forward," he pointed out.