Athletes Urged to Sign Up for Insurance Plan

Photo: Michael Sloley Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right), in discussion with (from left) Executive Director, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Lilyclaire Bellamy; Retired Vice-President, Marketing, Sponsorship and Advertising, Calgary Flames, Jim Bagshaw; and Olympian, Veronica Campbell-Brown, at the opening ceremony for the two-day regional conference on the strategic use of intellectual property in sport at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on September 19.

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  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is urging the country’s sportsmen and sportswomen to sign up for the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP), and take advantage of the associated benefits.
  • The Minister argued that the various sporting associations play a critical role in ensuring that the athletes can benefit from the plan.
  • Miss Grange said development of the insurance plan is one of the Government’s means of investing in the well-being of the nation’s athletes.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is urging the country’s sportsmen and sportswomen to sign up for the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP), and take advantage of the associated benefits.

She made the appeal during the opening ceremony for the regional conference on the ‘Strategic use of Intellectual Property in Sport’, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on September 19.

The Minister argued that the various sporting associations play a critical role in ensuring that the athletes can benefit from the plan.

“You must ensure that your athletes sign up for the Insurance Plan, once they represent the country nationally or internationally. We have a case in point right now where an athlete was not signed up for the insurance plan, and now we have to find ways and means of addressing the cost of his rehabilitation,” she said.

The plan is being implemented at just under $60 million per annum for athletes drawn from 28 of the more than 40 sport associations, whose members comprise junior and senior athletes who represent Jamaica in international competitions.

The plan provides group health, life and personal accident coverage for beneficiaries aged seven to 75.

JAIP is being financed by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), National Health Fund (NHF), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.

Miss Grange said development of the insurance plan is one of the Government’s means of investing in the well-being of the nation’s athletes.

In the meantime, she noted that other strategies being pursued by the Government to ensure the country maximises the opportunities presented from sport include the commissioning of a study on the impact and contribution of sport to the Jamaican economy, the rehabilitation of existing sport facilities as well as the development of new facilities.

Other strategies include the review and revision of earlier proposals on establishing Jamaica as an international athletics training base, establishment of a committee focused on international events, the establishment of a National Sport Museum, and partnering with the University of the West Indies on the establishment of a Sports Medicine Centre.

The Minister emphasised that sport plays a significant role in Jamaica’s position as a global brand. “When we think of Jamaica’s brand, we think of the components of uniqueness, competitiveness, the level of worldwide awareness of our music, our sport, combined with our physical location and its attributes,” she said.

The two-day conference is being staged in collaboration with the Ministry, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO).

Discussions at the conference will focus on Competitiveness of the Sport Industry, Intellectual Property Rights in the Sporting Arena, Athletes’ Support Framework and Athletes’ Focus Session.

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