KINGSTON – President of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Area Council, Neville Teddy McCook, has been hailed as an administrative stalwart and visionary of the sport of track and field, following his passing yesterday.
McCook, who up to his death was a member of the IAAF Council – a position he has held since 1999, died on the Tony Thwaites Wing at the University Hospital of the West Indies, after a long spell of illness. He was 73 years old.
It is understood that the noted and endearing administrator had been in and out of hospital over the past six months, and was admitted on Sunday after his condition deteriorated.
A former president of the now Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), McCook was hailed by current JAAA president, Dr Warren Blake, for revolutionising the approach to track and field administration and his role in laying the foundations for the island’s current success in the sport.††