LIMA, PERU — Based on a constitutional change, Wellington Miller was only able to serve two terms as Bahamas Olympic Committee president.
Almost two years ago, he ceased to be president and his trusted secretary-general, Romell Knowles, was elected to succeed him. Miller’s work within the Olympic movement was to continue, however.
He functions somewhat under the radar, but there is no sunset just yet for the long-time sporting stalwart.
His link to regional sports has been cemented by a significant appointment to the higher echelon of the 2019 Pan American Games’ technical system.
Miller has been put in charge of all the technical aspects for five disciplines, namely Taekwondo, boxing, cycling, women’s soccer and a new sport for the games, speed skating.
He admits that his portfolio is quite “demanding”.
“A lot of attention has to be paid to the position. The days leading up to the competition in my sports have been spent on meetings and technical sessions. Once the games begin, I have to be at each venue for the various competitions.
“Then, I am responsible for daily reports. The daily reports are necessary because if any adjustments on penalties are required, we must get them out of the way before the next set of activities.
“It’s time-consuming but part of the games culture. Personally, I’m proud to have been selected. This is another way to represent my country.”
Miller’s daily schedule is indeed quite full with 7 a.m. meetings setting the pace. The morning agenda includes: overall rules for competition; verification of entries; competition draws; competition scheduling; technical officials to be utilized; the process for disciplinary matters; the jury of appeals; sports presentations; medical services; venue designs; sports information center; uniforms verification for judges and athletes; the placement of key staff; and transportation details.
It’s surely a tall order, but a challenge Miller said he “gladly accepts”.
To respond to this column kindly contact Fred Sturrup at email@example.com or on WhatsApp at 727-6363.