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  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has endorsed the staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) Track and Field Meet, as another opportunity to showcase Brand Jamaica to the world.
  • She was speaking at the press launch for the event on Thursday (May 5) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
  • The 13th staging of the event, organised by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), will be held on Saturday (May 7) at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has endorsed the staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) Track and Field Meet, as another opportunity to showcase Brand Jamaica to the world.

She was speaking at the press launch for the event on Thursday (May 5) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

The 13th staging of the event, organised by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), will be held on Saturday (May 7) at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Minister Grange said that this year’s meet holds special significance as it is one of the premier events leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games to be held from August 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“With the Rio Olympics on the horizon…this year, the main focus of the participating athletes is to sharpen their skills,” she said.

Over 100 top local and international athletes are slated to compete in 19 track and field events at the one-day meet.

Among the athletes are World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce; former 100-metre world record holder, Asafa Powell; and World Champion in the 100-metre hurdles, Danielle Williams.

Outstanding American sprinter Tyson Gay and Great Britain’s 400 metres specialist, Christine Ohuruogu, are among the international stars.

The meet begins at 2:00 p.m. and will include sprint races, 800 metres, 1500 metres, 3000 metres, steeple chase, long jump, shot put, high jump and triple jump.

This year, the javelin and hammer throw have been added to the line-up of events.

The JII will feature an opening ceremony, awards ceremonies and a pre-event show with entertainment provided by local artistes.

First held in 2004, the meet aims to develop the nation’s track and field programme by bringing the world’s elite athletes to Jamaica.

The one day event also aims to expose locally-based Jamaican athletes to international-level competition.

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