JBA Exec First J’can Umpire For Commonwealth Badminton

by / Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Published in JBA News

Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) second vice-president, Joseph Clarke, becomes the first Jamaican to be selected as an umpire for the Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Scotland this later year.

Clarke, who is Jamaica’s first and highest ranked international umpire, once again placed the nation in history.

He is the first Jamaican to be appointed to serve as an umpire for badminton at the Commonwealth Games, since it was held in 1966.

This year’s edition will be held from July 3 to August 3.

“I am very elated to be selected for such a prestigious event like the Commonwealth Games,” Clarke told The Gleaner yesterday.

“It means a lot for Jamaica. We have the recognition, as Jamaica has been committed to the development of badminton here,” he added.

“One always looks forward to serving at a major event because of the prestige, and it has always been a privilege to work with other professionals selected from across the globe, and an honour to be recognised at the same level and show that Jamaica has people qualified who can do the country proud,” he shared.

“Our country is committed towards the development of the sport in all areas,” Clarke also said.

After the Commonwealth Games, Jamaica will be hosting the Caribbean Badminton Championships from August 10-17 at the Chinese Benevolent Association and the University of Technology. The JBA’s second VP is also looking forward to that.

“Since the new administration took over last October we have been working on the development structure of the sport. We will be participating in a lot more tournaments,” Clarke disclosed.

Clarke is a past president of the JBA (2001-03) and has also served on various regional bodies.

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