Jamaican to head Commonwealth games body again

LONDON, England. October 31, 2007  –  The president of the Jamaica Olympic Association is to be re-elected as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

Mike Fennell, who is currently the CGF president, is the sole nominee for the post when the general assembly of the CGF meets in Sri Lanka on November 9, where its 71 member nations and territories are expected to endorse the Jamaican’s candidacy.

Fennell was first elected to lead the organisation at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. He served as chairman until 2003 and then as president after the post was re-named.

He has been president of the Jamaica Olympic Association since 1977.

The CGF said that under his leadership, the Commonwealth games have gone from strength to strength, highlighted most recently by the successful Melbourne Games in 2006.

“Mr Fennell has modernised the games’ movement through the deployment of a range of innovative management strategies and initiatives, substantially upgrading the support provided to Commonwealth games host cities and candidate cities for future games. The games have grown significantly over recent years with athletes, officials and other key stakeholders viewing the games as a dynamic and vibrant world-class event.

“In 2003 the Federation took a landmark decision to award Delhi the right to host the 2010 Commonwealth games. Previously Delhi had hosted only one other major multi-sport event, the Asian Games in 1982. The decision has contributed to what is now the fast changing landscape of that city.”

The CGF General Assembly will decide in November if Glasgow or Abuja will host the 2014 Games.