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Tributes pour in for Lenford Levy

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has expressed sadness at the passing of IAAF Regional Development Centre (RDC) Director Lenford Levy in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Levy, a Jamaican died two days ago.

"Mr Levy is as a true Jamaican who gained respect through his craft as a coach with stints at GC Foster College, Morant Bay High and Jamaica College. He also coached many Olympians," JAAA general secretary, Garth Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.

"He was a true Caribbean man. He was Mr Track and Field. Levy was always looking at the development of the sport in the region. He was always looking out for ways to improve the sport, a real son of the soil.

"He will be missed as an excellent advocate for the development of track and field," Gayle said.

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President of the North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACAC) Victor Lopez, said the death of Levy is a great loss.

"Levy has been a special friend and someone who has made a great contribution to track and field in the NACAC area," Lopez said.

"It's a very sad moment for us and behalf of NACAC and the IAAF, we extend condolences to his family," added Lopez.

Also expressing sadness on Levy's sudden death was Michael Bascombe, president of the Caribbean Sports Journalists' Association (CSJA).

"CSJA has forged a unique relationship with the RDC, including the hosting of a regional seminar in San Juan in 2015. We join the athletics fraternity in extending condolences to the Levy family and friends."

One of the main objectives of the RDC is the training and development of coaches in the Caribbean, and Levy had previously outlined a number of programmes at the RDC including a seminar for long and triple jumps, level-two education courses for coaches and technical officials, and a youth athletics seminar.