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Prime Minister Simpson Miller has called for Jamaica to develop sports as a business and not merely for entertainment or recreation. She said that one way of demonstrating our seriousness about sports is by staging international meets that are of such high quality that Jamaica will become the venue of choice for top athletes around the world. She was speaking at the launch of the third annual Jamaica International Invitational Track Meet at Jamaica House this afternoon (Tuesday April 11, 2006).
“The Meet provides another opportunity for us to display our mastery to the world not only on the track but also in promoting and conducting successful Meets”, she said.
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has elevated this Meet to the designation of Area Permit Meet (Qualifying Continental Permit Meeting-APMQ). She said that the elevation will enable the athletes who participates in our Meet to gain points for the World Series final later in the year.
She appealed to the private sector to support the Meet and the Athletes who performed “magnificently at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Australia recently.
Meet Director Olympian Donald Quarrie said that several top athletes are expected to attend. He said that the women’s high jump and 400 metres hurdles will be added to the events.