Media Event: Jamaicans to sign 2012 deal in Birmingham

By on 12/02/2010 in News

Date: February 20

Time: 10:30am

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham City Centre, Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1HH (map)

Details: Birmingham will celebrate Olympic gold next weekend as the deal to bring Jamaica Track and Field to the city in 2012 is signed.

Following extensive talks ahead of the Athletics World Championships in Berlin last year, City Council leader Mike Whitby secured a Memorandum of Understanding to bring Usain Bolt and co to Birmingham ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Jamaica will be based at the University of Birmingham and the deal means the city will now play host to two high profile training camps ahead of the 2012 Games - following last year's agreement with USA Track and Field.

As a consequence a significant number of gold medal hopefuls will be based in the Birmingham ahead of the London Games - including Bolt and other contenders for the prestigious 100m crown.

Now the Jamaican deal will be formally signed by Cllr Whitby, Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association President Howard Aris and University of Birmingham Vice Chancellor and Principal David Eastwood.

The trio and selected Jamaican athletes (names tbc) will then be available for interviews and photographs.

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For more information call Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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