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Apr 4, 2022

Jacob Leslie is the New President of the Basketball Federation

He has had an active role in the local basketball scene – from playing the sport, to the management of a team, and even organizing sporting events. And this past Saturday, Jacob Leslie and his team were endorsed as the new leadership of the Belize Basketball Federation. They were uncontested. News Five spoke with the incoming president about taking on this new role. Leslie says that persons with hands on experience in the sport have now taken on its leadership.

 

Jacob Leslie

Jacob Leslie, President, Belize Basketball Federation

“It’s a humbling experience first of all to be put in this position. It is a position that I’ve actually wanted for some years now. It’s about time that we have people who have hands on experience in all levels of the sport that actually put themselves in the position where they can make impacts. First of all I think we have a wonderful executive that has been elected of both young and experienced people, and so I look forward to the opportunity to serve. I believe that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done structurally and I look forward to the experience.”

 

Duane Moody

“What happened because I understand an election did not happen and you were just endorsed?”

 

Jacob Leslie

“Yes, there was no competition in regards to nobody else nominated themselves for the post, so in essence it was just a handing over. The existing executive did not challenge so it was just a new slate being handed over the reins.”

 

Elections are held every four years. The last election was held in February 2017, but was delayed by the pandemic. The immediate past president is Paul Thompson.


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