INSPORTS outlines post-COVID focus
Having returned for another two years as chairman of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), Newton Amos says that he is looking to help facilitate the roadmap for sports in Jamaica beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Amos will serve his new term along with...
Having returned for another two years as chairman of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), Newton Amos says that he is looking to help facilitate the roadmap for sports in Jamaica beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amos will serve his new term along with Assistant Commissioner of Police Ronald Anderson, who returns as deputy chairman.
They are among eight members of the 2018 board who will serve another term. These include Allan Beckford, Dr Lee Martin, Dr Michelle Holt and Emile Spence. The new members are Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association first vice-president Ian Forbes, Beatrice Rhoden, Pauline Foster Turner and Glen Nelson.
Amos said that, while the immediate concerns centre around their role in helping to facilitate the gradual return of sports in the island, under the guidance of the sports ministry, they are also looking ahead to plans, post-COVID-19.
“Most of our established mapping going forward is going to be dependent on the decisions that are handed down to us, but we have our strategic plan in place post-COVID and we intend to roll that out as we go along. We are looking at the protocols that are established and we are also redefining, recalibrating the whole issue of how we look at sports and how sports development goes forward in Jamaica for the next year or so,” Amos told The Gleaner.
Guided by policy
The ministry has already formulated the roadmap for the safe return of sports and sports development in Jamaica and, as a result of that, we are guided by this policy and therefore all our strategies going forward hinge on those policies,” Amos added.
The pandemic has resulted in a shift in priorities, according to Amos, as they are focused on keeping the various stakeholders engaged, specifically within schools, as the majority of disciplines for students have been inactive since March 2020.
“Most of the issues that confront us now is that we are trying to maintain a presence,” Amos said. “Our primary schools’ championship was one of our main thrusts that has been curtailed as a result of the pandemic. We are now treating with some areas where it’s not sport-specific to achieve non-sports results. Our officers are now in the field doing counselling and guidance, especially among our youngsters that are locked away out of school, as a result of the pandemic, and in the wider rural communities we have maintained a presence.”
Additionally, Amos said that ensuring transparency and proper governance would be high priorities for the new administration.
In 2018, INSPORTS was the subject of an investigation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) into missing funds amounting to $85 million, including $44 million worth of pension contributions paid by INSPORTS staff, which was not paid over to the respective provider.
Newton Amos (chairman)
Raymond Anderson (deputy chairman)
Pauline Foster Turner
Dr Lee Martin
Dr Michelle Holt