Grange promises MoBay track upgrade

January 31, 2019

Elaine Thompson (right) anchoring the MVP Track Club team to victory in the women’s 4x100m event at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday, February 2, 2017. To her right is Ristananna Tracey, formerly of the Sprintec Track Club. Sports Minister Olivia Grange says upgrades are being planned for the running track at the stadium.
Elaine Thompson (right) anchoring the MVP Track Club team to victory in the women’s 4x100m event at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday, February 2, 2017. To her right is Ristananna Tracey, formerly of the Sprintec Track Club. Sports Minister Olivia Grange says upgrades are being planned for the running track at the stadium.
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Sports Minister Olivia Grange says plans are now in place for the refurbishing work to begin on the synthetic track at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James.

The track, which is the only synthetic track in the western end of the island, has deteriorated tremendously over the past few years, and has been taken out of service over fears that continued use could result in athletes being seriously injured.

The unavailability of the track has also forced the Milo Western Relays to shift to the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in Catherine.

Grange told STAR Sports that her ministry has been working closely with the St James Parish Council to have the facility renovated as soon as possible.

"Plans are in place to upgrade that facility and it will be done in the next fiscal year," Grange said.

"It will be major, similar to how we are doing the Stadium East track, similarly we will be replacing the track at Catherine Hall (Montego Bay Sports Complex)," she said.

"It will have a great impact on the development of track and field in the area because the condition of the track has somehow been an impediment," Grange said.

She added that she is delighted for this because athletes in western Jamaica will benefit a lot from the upgrading of the facility.

"I am very happy about it because Kingston is not Jamaica, and so we want to ensure that facilities are upgraded across the island and infrastructures are put in place for our sportsmen and sportswomen and particularly our young athletes," she said.

However, the minister said that she cannot disclose the exact figure of the refurbishing work because the quotation is now been put together and she will be making an announcement very soon.

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