JIS News

Scores of athletes, sports association representatives, sports journalists, Members of Parliament and other interests turned out at Vale Royal last evening for Prime Minister, Bruce Golding’s reception for the sporting fraternity.
In bringing greetings to the gathering, Mr. Golding said he intends to meet with the leadership of the various associations to examine the status of sports in Jamaica, and the way forward, including government input and private sector support.
He urged the fraternity to synchronize its efforts with the community, through community development agencies, such as the Social Development Commission.This, he reiterated, was necessary in order to harness young talent and prepare them for success. Mr. Golding pointed out that there are many young Jamaicans with world championship potential, who are in need of guidance and coaching in the science and technique of the various sports. The Prime Minister emphasized also, that athletes must be prepared to handle the psychological impact of success, and being on the world stage.
Mr. Golding added that in addition to putting athletes in the world, sports provide a platform to mobilize the country in a unique way. He described it as an important tool for transformation, stating that the government will continue to provide support, and break new ground.
Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Mike Fennell reiterated that sports is the country’s most powerful tool. He noted that while many athletes continue to do well in the international arena, athletes who are doing well domestically should also be celebrated, as they are heroes in their communities, and in their own right. Mr. Fennell agreed with the need for a partnership with government, as he said this is critical to ensuring that sports continues to progress.

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