Christopher Samuda has assured Jamaican athletes that funding will continue ©JOA

Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Christopher Samuda has assured the country's national federations that athletes chasing Olympic qualification will still be financially assisted.

This comes after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will now start on July 23 in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic making it impossible to stage the event this year.

Many National Olympic Committees are faced with financial difficulties due to the postponement, which necessitates another year of funding in preparation for the Games.

However, JOA will continue funding athletes in sports with a lower profile in the country including rowing, skateboarding, wrestling, cycling, rugby, karate and taekwondo as part of its "10 in 20" campaign.

The campaign, giving 10 sports extra exposure, aims to encourage greater diversity in the disciplines Jamaica participates in at the Games.

Speaking to The Gleaner, Samuda said: "Whatever commitments we have made in respect of the Olympics to the associations will be fulfilled of course.

"If the events have been postponed, those financial commitments that we have made will be fulfilled."

Samuda also said that he is waiting for a response from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on how the qualification events will be rescheduled and if any qualification criteria will change.

"Some of the athletes still have their qualification results to come, and so we have to look to the IOC and the various International Federations in order to set the agenda for those qualification tournaments," Samuda added.

The IOC has already confirmed that any athlete who has already qualified for the Games will keep their place for 2021.