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Samuda expects improved medal tally at CYG

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:44 AMRobert Bailey
Jamaica Olympic Association president Christopher Samuda (left) and first vice-president Christian Stokes.

President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Christopher Samuda says he expects the team to this year's Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in The Bahamas to surpass the six medals gained at the last Games in 2015. 
The 2017 Games will be held from July 18-23 at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau. 
Jamaica won six medals, including four gold, one silver and bronze after competing in only two sports, track and field and swimming, at the last 2015 Games in Samoa.
      This year Jamaica’s contingent of 32 athletes will compete in seven disciplines  -  track and field, swimming, volleyball, female beach football, lawn tennis, boxing and cycling. Samuda said the team is very rounded and he is therefore anticipating a good showing in The Bahamas. 
“I expect tremendous performances from our team because they are seasoned athletes and they know what to do when representing their country and so I think the team will perform creditably,” said Samuda, following the introduction of the team during a press conference at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston yesterday.  
“I expect that there will be winners and what we are trying to do at the JOA is to give our young people an opportunity to showcase their talents,” he said. 
Samuda added: “This is a very strong contingent. A lot of disciplines are represented and we are saying to our young people, we are affording you the opportunity and we are asking for you now is to demonstrate the commitment, excel and perform.” 
The team recently completed an eight-day training camp and Samuda said it was a very successful camp as everyone was able to bond together. The athletes, he said, are now looking forward to the competition in Nassau next week.   
  Samuda added that  pre-competition camps will be a feature going forward.
 "It  (camps) allow the athletes to learn from each other and therefore this is going to be a feature going forward with the JOA,” Samuda said. "We are going to be making it a prerequisite for all the various associations to have  their own camps before an international competition.”