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  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is committed to ensuring that the country’s athletes have access to first-class training facilities and adequate support to facilitate their development.
  • She was addressing a welcome reception for athletes from the Maximising Velocity and Power (MVP) track club, at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston yesterday (September 13).
  • Minister Grange informed that the Ministry is planning a special programme of activities to recognise and celebrate the members of the Jamaican team, who competed in Rio, which will be held during the Heroes Day holiday weekend in October.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is committed to ensuring that the country’s athletes have access to first-class training facilities and adequate support to facilitate their development.

She was addressing a welcome reception for athletes from the Maximising Velocity and Power (MVP) track club, at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston yesterday (September 13).

The delegation included double Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson; silver medalists Christiania Williams, Stephanie McPherson and Shericka Jackson; semi-finalist in the 100-metre hurdles Megan Simmonds; and 200m reserve Julian Forte.

MVP Coach Stephen Francis; physiotherapists Collin Turner and Damion Rowe; and Assistant Manager, Aundre Edwards, were also present.

Minister Grange hailed the athletes, who were returning to the island after outstanding performances in last month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the just concluded IAAF Diamond League series in Europe.

Minister Grange informed that the Ministry is planning a special programme of activities to recognise and celebrate the members of the Jamaican team, who competed in Rio, which will be held during the Heroes Day holiday weekend in October.

“This outstanding group at the Rio Olympics has returned home in glory and to the love of a grateful nation. Each member of the team brought glory and honour to Jamaica,” she said.

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake, in commending the athletes, noted that Jamaica’s 11-medal haul at the Rio Olympics placed the country third in track and field behind the United States with 32 and Kenya, 13.

Digicel Jamaica and National Commercial Bank (NCB) were sponsors of the ceremony.