​JOINT STATEMENT RELEASED  BY SKNOC AND KIM COLLINS

KIM COLLINS to join St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team 
The St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) and SKN athlete Kim Collins, have today issued a joint statement announcing that a path had now been cleared for Mr. Collins to participate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as an athlete of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team, following closure on the long-standing issues between the two parties.
The issues, dating back from the London 2012 Olympics, were discussed at a meeting convened via teleconference on Saturday July 16th, 2016, in the presence of SKNOC representatives based at its Headquarters in Basseterre, St. Kitts, Kim Collins and Ms. Paula Collins, wife and coach of Mr. Collins. The meeting was the result of a longstanding commitment by the SKNOC to finally resolve the dispute and offer Mr. Collins the opportunity to compete in Rio 2016.
During the meeting, Mr. Collins expressed his desire to participate as a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team and in so doing removed from the table any other claims and/or applications of representation at the said Rio Olympic Games.
President, Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater, said, “I personally welcome this new development and am pleased that Mr. Collins is now willing to compete for his country. The SKNOC and Kim Collins are committed to working together with renewed goodwill and in the interest of athletes of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The full extent of our energies must now be focused on the final preparations and performance of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team in Rio.”
In moving towards participation, the SKNOC has given its blessing to the NF/SKNAAA, to nominate Mr. Collins for selection on the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team as long as Mr. Collins satisfies the specific requirements.
Kim Collins said, “I am extremely happy that our longstanding issues have finally been put to rest, and I will once again have the honor of representing my country in track and field. With this behind us, my coach and I will now continue to put our full focus on ensuring that I am in the best shape for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
As discussed at the meeting, the SKNOC agreed with Mr. Collins that, as a pre-requisite to final confirmation as a member of The St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team, Mr. Collins must sign off and adhere to the standard SKNOC Athletes’ contract(s) for representation of SKN at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The SKNOC and Mr. Collins wish to extend their gratitude and appreciation to all the individuals, institutions and groups who had a role to play in facilitating the process to this point.
The final list of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team athletes for Rio 2016 will be announced shortly.
The new website, SKNOC.org. will be updated on a regular basis with news and updates of Team SKN and of key milestones leading up to and during Rio 2016 with Twitter and Facebook providing all the up to the minute news and excitement in real time.
About the SKNOC
The St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic Committee (SKNOC) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental sporting organization governed by a nine member executive whose current President is Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater and Secretary General is Mr. Glenville Jeffers. The remaining current Executive Members are made up of the follow positions: Vice President; Assistant Secretary General; Treasurer and four (4) Members.
The St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic Committee was officially recognized by the IOC on 24th September 1993 and in 2013 celebrated its 20th anniversary of affiliation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Sporting organisations affiliated to SKNOC include the St Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA), St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA), St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), St. Kitts-Nevis Table Tennis Association (SKNTTA), St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Volleyball Association (SKAVA) and St. Kitts Netball Association (SKNA).

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