Fennell to Continue as CGF President
The General Assembly of the CGF will meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on November 9, where its 71 member nations and territories are expected to endorse the Jamaican’s candidacy.
Mr Fennell was first elected to lead the organisation at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. He served as Chairman until 2003 and then as President after the post was re-named.
Mr Fennell is also the President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, a position he has held since 1977.
Under his leadership, the Commonwealth Games have gone from strength to strength, highlighted most recently by the successful Melbourne Games in 2006.
At the closing ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 26, 2006, Mr Fennell knew the Games had been a triumph for the movement. “You have achieved a level of success that has set new standards,” Mr Fennell said, adding, “Melbourne, you are simply the best.”
Mr Fennell has modernised the Games’ movement through the deployment of a range of innovative management strategies and initiatives, substantially upgrading the support provided to Commonwealth Games host cities and candidate cities for future Games. The Games have grown significantly over recent years with athletes, officials and other key stakeholders viewing the Games as a dynamic and vibrant world-class event.
In 2003 the Federation took a landmark decision to award Delhi the right to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Previously Delhi had hosted only one other major multi-sport event, the Asian Games in 1982. The decision has contributed to what is now the fast changing landscape of that city.
The CGF General Assembly this month will decide if Glasgow or Abuja will host the 2014 Games and already many cities have expressed initial interest in conducting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.