New home for Olympic Committee

The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee (CIOC) is set to move into a new headquarters. The new CIOC Olympic House will be located in Cayman Business Park.

The move is expected to take place in the coming weeks and cost in excess of $350,000, including renovations to the property in the complex off Elgin Avenue near the Cayman National Roundabout. The CIOC has been operating out of Windward Centre on Smith Road.

Financing was provided by the Pan American Sport Organisation and International Olympic Committee (IOC) through Olympic Solidarity funding.

CIOC made the announcement in its January newsletter following its AGM a month earlier when its executive committee was re-elected for a three-year term.

Donald McLean continues as president, a position he has held for more than a decade. Lori Powell is vice president, Carson Ebanks is the secretary general and Bernie Bush the treasurer.

Five people representing Olympic sports were nominated to join the executive for a brief period until the CIOC updates its constitution. Those elected were: Janet Sairsingh as representative for Table Tennis, David Reid for Taekwondo, Toni Pinkerton for Gymnastics, Leyla Jackson for Boxing and Craig Merren for Cycling.

McLean and Ebanks recently met with the IOC Legal Department regarding changes to the CIOC constitution. It was noted that among the changes would be to have an athlete representative, with full voting rights, to attend all Annual General Meetings. This is in addition to the formation of an Athletes Commission.

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