NASSAU, BAHAMAS- As athletes work to try and figure out what’s the next step in regards to the careers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) has formed an Athletes’ Welfare Commission to assist them financially, as most of the professionals are not being paid during the time off.
The commission will be headed by BOC vice president, Roy Colebrook and will assist athletes with what they need to move forward with their careers.
“The commission will be in direct contact with athletes who are Olympic bound and their federations to see what assistance they require,” said BOC president Rommel Knowles.
“We know that the majority of athletes will be looking for financial assistance and for those athletes that do, we will assist as best as we can.
“But we also know that some of the athletes might need physiological training to get through this pandemic. Some might just need someone to talk to. Maybe they might need to speak to a fitness expert to ensure that they are staying fit. Whatever the needs are from the Welfare Commission, we want to be able to be there for them.”
Knowles, however, said they are vetting the other members who will be considered for inclusion on the committee. Once the list is completed, he said a more formal announcement will be made by the BOC.