Alan Beckford is expected to challenge incumbent JOA President Christopher Samuda next year ©JOA

Former Jamaica Olympic Association official Alan Beckford is expected to challenge incumbent President Christopher Samuda when the organisation holds elections next year.

Beckford had served as a director of the JOA for seven years.

He resigned in July claiming displeasure with the direction of the organisation.

Beckford told the Jamaica Observer he now plans to stand for the JOA Presidency next year, with the official saying that ensuring the organisation is athlete-centred was among his priorities.

“It is important to give national service, and I think I have a vast amount of experience in sports and all the skill sets required to lead the JOA," Beckford said, according to the Jamaica Observer.

“This is an opportunity to give back to my country and the sporting community, with my good understanding of all aspects of sports for over 40 years, including team management.

“So I have the qualifications, skill and desire to perform credibly as President of the JOA.”

Christopher Samuda was elected JOA President back in 2017 ©JOA
Christopher Samuda was elected JOA President back in 2017 ©JOA

Beckford reportedly has pledged to increase stakeholder partnerships and communication with member associations.

He is currently vice-president of the Jamaica Triathlon Association and serves as a Board member of the Institute of Sports of Jamaica.

Beckford is a Board member of both Americas Triathlon and the Association of Commonwealth Triathlon.

Current JOA President Samuda was elected in 2017.

The former JOA secretary general beat Vishwanauth Tolan in the last JOA Presidential election.

He succeeded Mike Fennell, who stepped down after 40 years in the position.