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  • TheFIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Jamaica on its 88-nation tour ahead of next year’s Football World Cup in Brazil.
  • The Prime Minister said: “The World Cup Competition has deep meaning for Jamaicans, recapturing memories of some of the most unforgettable moments in our sporting history,”
  • Sport provides the winning combination to assist Jamaica in achieving economic growth and national development.

Sport provides the winning combination to assist Jamaica in achieving economic growth and national development.

That’s the view of Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, while noting that sport is big business with immediate economic opportunities. Achieving the economic potential however, would require the public and private sectors along with the sporting organisations and associations working together “to explore and exploit them,” the Prime Minister said.

Addressing a reception last night (Saturday, October 05) marking the arrival in Jamaica of the FIFA World Cup Trophy which is on an 88-nation tour ahead of next year’s Football World Cup in Brazil, Mrs Simpson Miller said it was a privilege for Jamaica to be one of these nations and the first Caribbean stop for the FIFA World Cup Trophy tour.

The Prime Minister said: “The World Cup Competition has deep meaning for Jamaicans, recapturing memories of some of the most unforgettable moments in our sporting history,” adding that “To date, there has been no football memory as sweet as the sheer joy of watching our Reggae Boyz break through the barriers of history and make their way triumphantly to Paris, in 1998. Today, I feel moved to remember all our footballers and administrators who have made it possible for Jamaica to compete over the years and to gain prestige among the top football-playing countries of the world.”

In welcoming the FIFA World Cup Trophy to our shores, the Prime Minister stated that it must not be by accident that Jamaica was the first Caribbean port of call as the World Cup Trophy Tour seeks to bring the world together through music and sport and Jamaica is the land of both! The presence of the World Cup Trophy in Jamaica should serve to motivate us “to play our part in ensuring that one day the name Jamaica, will join the list of winners engraved in the base of the solid gold trophy,” Mrs Simpson Miller said.

At the function, the 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem ‘The World is Ours’ was performed singer David Correy.