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Jones denies claim

BFA President Ronald Jones. (FP)

President of the Barbados Football Association Ronald Jones has emphatically denied giving any section of the media an exclusive interview indicating he was stepping down as head of that organisation.

In a back page story carried in today’s Daily Nation, Jones was quoted as stating in an exclusive interview: “No, I will not be running. . .right now, I’m under a lot of pressure, and I am getting too old. I think now would be the right time for someone else to take over.”

But in a BFA press release today, he indicated that he had not “communicated to anyone definitively” whether he would be contesting the office of BFA president when elections were held in a few weeks. The release stated that in such an eventuality Jones had for several years indicated that he would first inform the BFA executive of any such intentions.

The release noted that Jones said “en passant” that he was under pressure to contest the election but that he would weigh all of his options.

Jones spoke to members of the media Wednesday morning at the BFA’s Welches, St Michael headquarters on matters related to the staging of a leg of the Caribbean Football Union’s Cup that starts on Sunday.

“The comment which was attributed to him about the organisation needing new blood was within the context of the senior national team, which is currently going through a rebuilding exercise and not about elections to any office. The juxtaposition of those comments could have been misconstrued,” the BFA statement indicated.

Jones did indicate his concern about the state of sports in Barbados and added that as far as he was concerned there was too much misery in sport in Barbados and that dealing with it took up too much time rather than the developmental focus that was currently needed, the release explained.

Jones said part of the misery in sports stemmed from persons who were always looking to be disruptive in achieving their selfish objectives. Jones noted that unless this changed, sports in the country would not reach its true potential.

“The President has not as yet communicated if he is interested in contesting or not contesting the office of president. He wishes to indicate that his current preoccupation is to ensure a successful CFU Caribbean CUP,” the release stated.

The nomination for elections to any office in the BFA is held on the day of the annual general meeting and therefore there can be no presumption of who will head the organisation, the official statement concluded. (WG)

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