Martin eyes JaBA's top job

Published: Saturday | December 28, 2013 Comments 0

Slams current administration for neglecting the sport

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

President of the Southern Conference Basketball Association (SCBA), Calvin Martin, could run for the Jamaica Basketball Association's (JaBA) top post at the next annual general meeting set for February next year.

JaBA's current boss, Ajani Williams, recently indicated that he will not be seeking re-election for a third term.

Martin told The Gleaner yesterday that the current administration has done little to develop or improve the sport locally.

"Yes, this is something that I will be thinking about in the coming days, but I am not sure if I will put my hat in the race," said Martin.

"I can't do any worse than them, but I don't think that I will get the support from delegates," Martin said. "I think that people wouldn't support me because of my style and they say that I am too confrontational."

"However, I don't see what these people on the current executive are doing that anybody else outside can't do," Martin added.

Continuing, he said: "I think that the association is non-existent because they don't have regular meetings and we don't know what they are doing to help with the development of basketball."


The SCBA boss added that the JaBA needs new personnel, change of direction and policy because the present administration has to failed develop the sport from the grassroots level.

"All the development programmes have been scrapped under Mr Williams' administration, including mini basketball and the juvenile tournaments," said Martin. He said the focus is on the national team and the NBL (National Basketball League) and none of the money that was spent on the national team benefited local basketball.

Meanwhile, Martin disclosed that he is currently seeking funds to stage the next SCBA championships.

"I am currently focusing on the Southern Conference League because this is very important to me right now," he said. "The Southern Conference didn't have a competition this year because we weren't able to raise any funds and so we are seeking some sponsorship for the league next year," Martin noted.

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