JIS News

Some 600 of the island’s special athletes will converge on the grounds of the Montego Bay Community College next month, for the National Special Olympics meet.
A total of 53 athletes will be selected from the November 11 meet to represent the country at the International Special Olympics to be held in Shanghai, China from October 2 to11, 2007.
Chairman of the Montego Bay Special Olympics organizing committee, Lee Bailey, told JIS News that the athletes, from all over the island, would be participating in team events in various sports disciplines.
More than 100 volunteers drawn from educational institutions, service clubs and uniformed groups, will provide support during the meet, which will get underway at 9:30 a.m.
Pointing out that the meet would cost some $1.5 million, Mr. Bailey thanked the various government and private entities, which have pledged monetary assistance towards the staging of the event.
The organizing committee chairman issued an appeal for public support of the event. “I believe strongly that the games can show that Montego Bay does have a heart,” he said, adding that the games could also send a clear message that Montego Bay was capable of handling tourists, who are physically and intellectually challenged.
Mr. Bailey pointed that the Jamaican Special Olympics team has always done well at the International Special Olympics.
More than 7,000 special athletes from 169 countries would be participating in the 2007 games in Shanghai.