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The Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports (MICYS), is now busy, pulling together the elements that will be incorporated into the gigantic celebration, planned to honour Jamaica’s athletes for their record-breaking performance, at the just concluded Games of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing, China.
Before returning from Beijing, where she gave solid support to Jamaica’s team, Minister Grange met with Chairman of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Mike Fennell, and since her arrival back home she has had talks with the Ministry’s production team for the celebratory event, as well as with President of the JAAA, Mr. Howard Aris, and with Jamaica’s Olympic Team’s major sponsor, Digicel.
She said that Mr. Aris had brought her up to date with the schedules of the rest of the returning Olympians and officials.
It is expected that Minister Grange will take over the chairmanship of the National Committee, planning the celebrations. The Prime Minister, the Honourable Bruce Golding, when he announced the committee two weeks ago, said that he would be chairing it only until Miss Grange returned to Jamaica.
“I am now in dialogue with the various individuals and groups who will be contributing to the staging of this massive affair and I will be reporting to the Prime Minister and the planning committee shortly,” said Miss Grange.
“It is understood that all the athletes complete their overseas engagements about the end of September and will then be free to participate in their homecoming celebrations. The dates for the celebrations will be announced within a matter of days and I am just awaiting final word from the JAAA,” Minister Grange concluded.