Jamaican joy

By on 16/08/2009 in News

News that Jamaica’s track and field athletes will prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in Birmingham has been welcomed by senior members of the Jamaican government.

Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange held talks with a Birmingham delegation led by Leader of the Council Mike Whitby this week.

And, speaking after President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) Howard Aris confirmed Usain Bolt and co will be heading for the West Midlands, she enthused: “I am happy that we have made this move.

“The stakeholders from Birmingham had visited me in Jamaica and introduced me to the facilities, and I was impressed. I am particularly excited because 2012 will be Jamaica’s Golden Anniversary (of Independence) and I am already in discussions with the Birmingham City Council to see how we will make the occasion special in the city.

“In addition, a very strong sporting and cultural legacy will result from this, and I believe it is very good news for Jamaican athletics.”

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett added: “Birmingham is a city that has always been close to Jamaica. There are many Jamaicans living in Birmingham and they have sold Jamaica well.

“We will be working closely with the leaders in Birmingham to build our base there and to improve tourist arrivals from that city. I expect to meet with them soon to explore the possibilities.”

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