The Government will be restoring and rehabilitating 12 sport facilities in sugar dependent areas at a cost of $213.7 million, as part of its rural development strategy.
This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, during her presentation in the 2012/13 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on June 5.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the activities will be carried out through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).
Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government also intends to establish a National Sports Museum; set up a Sport and Wellness Centre; and re-establish the National Sport Council, over the medium term.
“This administration has clearly defined sport as an integral part of the country’s development. Every community has a sporting element. Sport will increase social harmony and economic development, while offering opportunities for Jamaicans to engage in activities for recreational purposes and to support healthy lifestyles,” the Prime Minister said.
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter