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José Joaquín Puello has withdrawn from the CANOC Presidential race ©Getty Images

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José Joaquín Puello has withdrawn from tomorrow's Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) Presidential election amid claims his application was submitted by mistake.

Dominican Republic Olympic Committee (COD) officials supposedly applied on the mistaken assumption that it was part of his separate application for the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Presidency.

This leaves Trinidad and Tobago's interim President Brian Lewis as the only candidate for the CANOC role as he bids to take up the job on a permanent basis.

The vote will take place at an Extraordinary General Assembly (EGM) tomorrow in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Puello's mistake has been explained in a letter sent to the CANOC Nominations Committee.

"We wish to apologise for the confusion with regards to the candidature sent in for Dr. José Joaquin Puello, and withdraw Dr. Puello's nomination for President of CANOC," explained the letter, seen by insidethegames, which was co-signed by COD President Luis Mejia Oviedo and secretary general Antonio Acosta.

It was added that they "mistook the CANOC nomination form as part of the procedures set for the PASO elections".

Puello's own signature was on the official nomination form which made clear it was an application for the position of CANOC President.

The application was sent out to every CANOC member on Monday (January 30).

insidethegames has repeatedly contacted Puello himself for clarification but has not yet received a response.

His PASO Presidential bid is thought to be unaffected.

The 76-year-old is one of five contenders to replace Julio Maglione as head of the regional bloc alongside Brazil's Carlos Nuzman, St Vincent and the Grenadines' Keith Joseph, Chile's Neven Ilic and St Lucia's Richard Peterkin.

An election is scheduled for April 26 in Uruguayan capital Montevideo.

Administrative errors are rare but not unheard of in sport.

In 2014, the International Cycling Union (UCI) missed the deadline to apply for inclusion at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

UCI President Brian Cookson admitted they had "dropped the ball", but the sport was eventually included on the programme.

Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), was unanimously elected on an interim basis to replace Barbados' Steve Stoute as CANOC President at an Annual General Meeting in Guadeloupe in October.

The election is the only item on the EGM agenda for tomorrow.

Proceedings are beginning today in the Colombian coastal city with workshops run for delegates from the regional body.

Issues being discussed include "Good Governance and Financial Integrity" and "Human Trafficking in Sport".

Colombia is not a member of CANOC, but the organisation's meetings are taking place alongside the Central America and Caribbean Sport Organization General Assembly.


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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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