Many positives in Jamaican athletics – Butler

January 21, 2016
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Jamaicans gathered in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew on to watch Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce winning the 100m women's final at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing China on August 24, 2015

With the sport of track and field taking a battering internationally with the ongoing doping and corruption scandals involving the sport's governing body the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Jamaica David Butler, believes that when it comes to Jamaica, there is much to be positive about.

He was speaking following yesterday's launch of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.

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While acknowledging that Jamaica has come in for much scrutiny in recent times, the evidence is there, he said, about what really drives the success of the Jamaican track and field athlete.

"We can obviously all see that what is happening here in Jamaica is incredible and there has been so much analysis of Jamaican athletes and its absolutely clear, when you see what's happening at the grassroots level, it's not hard to see why Jamaica is such a success," he said in response to whether it was a risk for his company to invest so heavily in a sport that could be dying globally.

"The level of training is so good and a lot of it is such a positive story, and doesn't athletics need positive stories at the moment?"

Digicel is a sponsor of both multiple World and Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt, who are, Butler said, examples of what Jamaica's track and field has been able to produce with proper financial support.

"There is amazing talent coming through and they should be given every opportunity to go on and be perhaps the next Usain or the next Shelly-Ann," Butler said.

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