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Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says that discussions are taking place towards the development of a manufacturing facility for the production of Jamaican-made sporting goods.

“I am looking closely at a sports manufacturing outlet and I am having those discussions now. I want to see a Jamaican brand on sporting goods coming out of Jamaica, home of the fastest man, sold to the rest of the world,” she said.

She was speaking at the press launch of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s (JMMC) Invitational Stages Rally on November 15, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Mrs. Neita Headley stated that the island needs to capitalise on the popularity of its many sports stars.

“I have no difficulty with other countries gaining from our talents but I will continue to say, the country that owns the resource must also gain the most from that resource, and so I continue to push forward to ensure that whatever it is that we do in terms of development, that a team is in place…looking at marketing sports,” she said.

The 21st staging of the JMMC Invitational Stages Rally will be held from November 30 to December 2.

This year’s championship has attracted drivers from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as a strong local contingent.