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Carlos Nuzman announced his candidature at today's PASO Extraordinary General Assembly here

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Carlos Nuzman has confirmed his candidature for the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Presidency here today in a race set to conclude with a General Assembly on April 27 and 28 in Montevideo.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee head said that he can confirm his intentions now his responsibilities as President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee are over.

"I would like to state officially that I would like to state my candidature for PASO Presidency," he said at an Extraordinary General Assembly of the continental body.

He told insidethegames afterwards that he would not release his ideas for the Presidency until he has drafted a manifesto.

There are now five candidates intending to stand.

Others in contention are St Vincent and Grenadines Olympic Committee general secretary Keith Joseph, St Lucian International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Richard Peterkin, Dominican Republic's José Joaquín Puello and Chilean Olympic Committee President Neven Ilic.

Uruguayan Julio Maglione, who also leads the International Swimming Federation, has been acting as interim PASO President since the death of longtime leader Mario Vázquez Raña in February 2015.

The timeframe towards an April election is controversial because current PASO Statutes stipulate that elections must be held in the year following the Pan American Games, so in 2016.

A new PASO constitution was not formally approved until today, with the three month candidature process expected to begin soon after.

This made a February election likely, something that had already been criticised at another Extraordinary General Assembly held in Brasilia in May due to it violating the statutes.

An even later time-frame of April has now been proposed because, it was claimed today, IOC President Thomas Bach had expressed a wish to attend and this was the only period in which he would be able to do so.

Nuzman and Argentine Olympic Committee President Gerardo Werthein were among those to back Maglione's proposal today.

Others were critical, however, with a delegate from St Lucia highlighting how it clashes with a Commonwealth Games Regional Forum.

But motions both for the time and the date were then passed by acclamation.

It begins what can be expected to be a fascinating electoral process over the next five months.

An informal meeting of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), chaired by interim Trinidad and Tobago's President Brian Lewis, took place directly after the General Assembly.

insidethegames revealed in May how the three candidates from the region - Joseph, Peterkin and Puello - are aiming to collectively unite behind one contender out of the trio by January 15.

It is then hoped that CANOC will endorse this one figure at their Extraordinary General Assembly scheduled for Barranquilla, Colombia in February.

Lengthy debates and disagreements today, however, showed that reaching a consensus is unlikely to prove simple.

"Regardless of our differences in view it is important that we get past this election and continue to work together for the benefit of the region," Lewis said.





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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

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2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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