Gordon could suit up for JaBA presidential race

Published: Tuesday | December 31, 2013 Comments 0

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Former director of sports at the Social Development Commission (SDC), Paulton Gordon, could run for the Jamaica Basketball Association's (JaBA) top post at the next annual general meeting set for February next year.

Gordon announced his intentions after current JaBA boss, Ajani Williams, recently indicated that he would not be seeking re-election for a third term.

Calvin Martin, president of the Southern Conference Basketball Association, also indicated last week that he could run for the post as president of JaBA.

Gordon, a current executive member of JaBA, told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that a number of senior persons within the current administration have asked him to run for the post.

"It is something that I am thinking about," said Gordon. "If the timing is right and I figure I can cope with it, then it is something that I will do.

"A couple of persons in basketball mentioned that I should think about it, and I have been doing that," he said.

Gordon a lecturer in the Caribbean School of Sports Science at the University of Technology, added: "There are a number of things that I will have to consider as it relates to my job function, family and other stuff."

He said the current administration has failed in some areas to develop and improve the sport in the country.

"Like in most organisations, there are areas that we could look at doing better," said Gordon. "Obviously, the philosophy and the approach was to try and put the basketball on the world map and try and galvanise support, both locally and internationally, and to some extent, it has done that.

"With the tight fiscal space in Jamaica, it is very difficult to go in to the sponsors who have disposable income and marketing dollars and negotiate against some of the bigger sports because basketball is still considered a minor sport in Jamaica," he explained.

Gordon noted that if he is selected for the post in February, he will be taking a different approach.

"For basketball to flourish in Jamaica, there are two things that we will have to do," Gordon said. "The first thing that we have to do is make sure that you have access to funding from international partners; and secondly, you have to tap into the market - which is the biggest basketball market in the world that is next door to you - and so, that is the approach that I will be taking."

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