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Jamaica will be hosting a number of stellar sporting events next year, which will showcase the country to the world and strengthen efforts to boost sports tourism.
Among them is a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournament in April, which will feature the top 16 female golfers in the world.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, making the announcement at the launch of the Reggae Marathon 2009 yesterday (October 22) at the Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston, said that the tournament will be carried on CBS, ESPN and in every territory right across the world, giving Jamaica maximum publicity.
She informed that Jamaica was also in discussion with the Florida-based basketball team, Orlando Magic, to stage a Jamaica Night. “The entertainment will be Jamaican, their dancers will wear Jamaican clothing and they even want to put on the market – the Orlando Magic/Jamaica T-shirt,” the Sports Minister announced.
She pointed out that these events and partnerships will work well in enhancing the country’s tourism product and “have the potential to get us through the difficult financial times.”
She stated that the Ministry is committed to promoting sports tourism as a means of further boosting brand Jamaica.
“Sports tourism will be a critical and important part of our way forward. we want to exploit Jamaica’s unique position at the heart of sports. We want more of the world’s sportsmen and women to come to Jamaica and to compete in events of the highest level,” Minister Grange said.
The Reggae Marathon, now in its ninth year, is organised by the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston, and will be staged in Negril on December 5.
Featured will be local and international participants from Brazil, South Africa, Finland, Canada and the United States (US) including Rohan Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley and co-founder of the organically Blue Mountain grown Marley Coffee; Sisters in Motion; the Canadian Running Girlz and the Arthritis Foundation US Chapter.
The competition, which includes a half-marathon and 10-kilometre race, will begin at 5:15 a.m. at the Long Bay Beach Park. The awards ceremony will be held after the race at Negril’s West End.
In endorsing the event, the Sports Minister said it will help to sell brand Jamaica to the world and encourage visitors to the island.
Minister Grange commended Jamdammers, noting that the Reggae Marathon continuously welcomes distance runners from across the globe. “They come because you organise a good race every year, they come because it is Jamaica and they come because it is the world’s best destination.the world of sports and the world is in love with Jamaica,” she stated.

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