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Grange pledges ‘full support’ to basketball

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Minister of Sports Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has pledged her full support towards the development of basketball. During a recent press conference and send-off for the national Under-16 basketball team, which is participating at the regional championships for the first time in 18 years.

The minister told the gathering that the sport has huge potential and she will be putting her money where her mouth is to aid the development of basketball locally.

"Basketball is one of the sporting disciplines that I have particular interest in. When I was minister before, the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) had my support, and now that I am back, you can be assured of my commitment to the development of the sport. The Jamaica Basketball Association has my support," Grange reinforced.

She praised the association for their effort to rebuild and rekindle interest in the sport, while calling on others to assist.

"I would like to commend the association for the initiative they have displayed in developing and supporting this Under-16 team to the Caribbean Basketball Championships. I look forward to the development of even more programmes so we can grow the sport at all ages."

NEW MOVEMENT

She continued: "As we rebrand the sport, I am sure the rest of Jamaica will come on board and support this new movement. I am very much a basketball fan and I want to see the association move from strength to strength. I want you (administrators) to return the association to its former glory, and you have my support 100 per cent.

"I am fully behind my team and I am fully behind the JaBA and I will be putting my money where my mouth is. I will also be supporting the sport as a member of parliament and I want to encourage other members of parliament to do the same because basketball has a lot of potential for our young people. We look forward to some great success in basketball," the minister said.

- L.S.