Gov't plans $80m 'thank you' for Rio delegations
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says it will cost more than J$80 million to celebrate Jamaica's Olympians and Paralympians who participated at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Grange says it will cost $40 million to stage a three-day celebration and another $42 million will be disbursed to the members of the Jamaican delegations.
On Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness will host a reception on the lawns of Jamaica House in honour of the athletes.
It will be followed by a Sports Gala and Award Ceremony at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday beginning 7:30 p.m.
IN PHOTO: Jamaica's Alphanso Cunningham competing in the men's javelin throw - F54 final in Olympic Stadium, during the Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On Sunday, Jamaica National will host a 5k Run/Walk, a fundraiser for charities in western Jamaica, sponsored by the JN Group and supported by the Usain Bolt Foundation in Falmouth.
Meanwhile, the sport minister says the value of the monies to be disbursed to athletes will be more than the amount athletes received after the 2012 London Olympics.
The reward system is as follows:
Gold medal winners
Silver medal winners
Bronze medal winners
Relay gold medallists
US$6,000 (for the team)
Relay silver medallists
US$4,000 (for the team)
Relay bronze medallists
US$3,500 (for the team)
Finalists who did not win a medal
Team managers and officials
In August, the 63-member Olympic team won 11 medals: six gold, three bronze and two silver.
Seventeen athletes will be flown in from overseas on Thursday to participate in the three day celebrations.