Government injects US$150,000 into Racers Grand Prix
The Government of Jamaica has contributed US$150,000 (J$18 million) towards the staging of the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix athletics meet to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 11.
The presentation was made at the Ministry of Sports, Entertainment, Culture and Youth on Trafalgar Road yesterday.
Minister of Sports Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said the contribution was made through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Jamaica Tourist Board.
"It (the amount) may not be enough at this time, but the sponsorship was made available through the SDF and Jamaica Tourist Board," Grange said.
She stated that the acceptance of the meet by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) means a lot to Jamaica.
"Well, the meet means we have proven that we are at centre stage in track and field. We staged a meet in May and now there is another that is also approved by the IAAF," she added.
Racers coach Glen Mills expressed gratitude to the Government.
"To get two meets of quality approved by the IAAF is testament of our greatness as a country," Mills said.
"We want to look at ways for the meet to be a sports tourism product," he also said.
Jason Hall, deputy director of tourism, said: "The meet enables positive results for Jamaica. A meet like this certainly puts us on the map. We welcome it wholeheartedly."
The contribution comes hot on the heels of inputs from title sponsors Jamaica National's $30 million and Digicel's US $110,000 (J $12.728 million).