Players need to help themselves - JBA
Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president Courtney Henry has warned that national players seeking to qualify for future Olympic Games will have to seek alternative sources of funding as the JBA will not be able to fund that journey.
According to Henry, JBA does have steady sponsors and $155,000 per month is received from the government of Jamaica, which he admits is just a drop in their coffers. The overall sponsorship package annually, however, leaves the sport underfunded.
"I think when you reach the level of an 'A' player trying to get to the Olympics, ideally, you have to try and attract your own sponsorship," said Henry.
"We don't really have the money to fund them, we can only attract assistance through the different bodies, the Olympic movement and Pan American region," he told STAR Sports.
"We have a lack of funding in the coffers, like most small sports, lack of funding is an issue," he underlined, noting that the organisation has had to adopt fundraising measures like barbecues, while relying on financial support from the Pan American Badminton Association and other organisations.
Speaking of future plans, Henry notes that players like top ranked female Katherine Wynter, the All-Jamaica singles/mixed doubles winner, and All-Jamaica men's singles and men's doubles champion Dennis Coke are among a cohort of players who will be assisted by the association.
Only one Jamaican, Nigella Saunders, has ever competed in badminton at the Olympics. She did so in 2004.