11 NOV 2011 Iaaf News

Athletics world mourns death of Howard Aris

Howard Aris (JAM) (Getty Images)Howard Aris (JAM) (Getty Images) © Copyright

MonteCarloThe IAAF is deeply shocked and saddened to receive the news that Howard Aris, the President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, the IAAF Member Federation for Jamaica,

died last night (10).


Howard Aris was found unconscious during a People’s National Party (PNP) mass rally in Port Antonio and was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.


Aris, a member of the IAAF School / Youth Commission, had a distinguished career of over 30 years at the forefront of sports administration, sports development and planning, management and physical therapy in Jamaica, and was recognized by the Government of Jamaica with the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) for Contribution to Sports.


Aris was the Chairman of the Sports Development Foundation, Executive Director of the National Council on Sports, a member of Chase Board and Director of Independence Park Ltd., which has responsibility for the management of Jamaica’s National Stadium.


A coach / manager for Jamaica’s teams to numerous International meetings including the IAAF World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, Pan-American and Olympic Games.


Aris’ lifelong passion for our sport was legendary. He was a former head coach of Kingston College athletics teams including during their 14-year winning streak from 1962 to 1975 of the Jamaica Boys’ Championship.


The IAAF on behalf of the global athletics family offers its condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Howard Aris who will be sadly missed.


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