International media house British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) joined World Championships’ 100 metres gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Jamaica Olympic Association’s (JOA) Commonwealth Manor to celebrate the success of Jamaica’s athletes during the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Jamaica’s athletes impressed during the competition. According to the JOA, Jamaica’s governing body for Olympic and non-Olympic sports at the Commonwealth Games, it was natural that the BBC was a part of the JOA’s Commonwealth Manor.
Jamaica won six gold, six silver and three bronze medals during the approximately two-week Commonwealth Games, and the JOA believes that the meeting had amicably riveting exchanges.
Those in the meeting were Fraser-Pryce, JOA’s directors Christopher Samuda, Ryan Foster, Jacqueline Cowan and Nichole Case, and the BBC’s producers. According to the JOA, it was more than a feel-good meeting, with sport playing a vital part in uniting all these stakeholders.
Foster, the JOA general secretary and chief executive officer, said, “sport is the winner here and if we all play by the rules, the game of life would be inspiring and peaceful.”
JOA president Christopher Samuda added: “this is sport and nature creating a conversation, the value of which is priceless.”
The Commonwealth Manor closed on August 3 with Jamaica night, when members of the Jamaican diaspora, including dignitaries and business interests, met and greeted officials, athletes, coaches and other members of the Jamaican delegation to the Commonwealth Games.