JIS News

Prime Minister, The Hon. Bruce Golding, will tomorrow (Aug. 24) address the nation, in a live broadcast, on the performance of Jamaica’s athletes at the 29th Olympiad, being held in Beijing China.
The broadcast will be aired at 9:00 p.m. on Television Jamaica and CVM Television, and at 8:00 p.m. on all other radio and television stations. On Thursday (Aug. 21), Mr.Golding held an initial meeting at Jamaica House, to discuss plans for a major home-coming celebration for the Olympic team. The details of the plans are to be announced next week, when the committee, headed by Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Hon. Olivia Grange, will hold its official full working session.
The activities will begin with a thanksgiving church service followed by three days of celebration and festivities at different venues throughout the island. In announcing the establishment of the special committee, Mr. Golding said the committee’s mandate would be to identify a special way for the country to honour and memorialise the tremendous performance of the Olympians. The Prime Minister said the country’s athletes have performed far beyond expectation and that this is a reminder of just how talented Jamaicans are.
Jamaica has tallied 11 medals in track and field in the 2008 Olympics, including six gold medals, three silver and two bronze, an historic achievement for the country, finishing 3rd at the track and field medal table, and 13th overall out of 204 nations