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C'wealth Games bid?

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
Minister of Sport Olivia Grange (left) with Jamaica Olympic Association President Christopher Samuda in the VIP lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport last night, shortly after some members of Jamaica's contingent to the 2018 Commonwealth Games returned home.

 

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, revealed last night that serious discussions are taking place to bring back the Commonwealth Games to Jamaica.

Jamaica hosted the Games in 1966 and remain the only Caribbean nation to date to have done so.

"I am talking to sports organisations, I am talking to ministers of sports in various countries and private sector sponsors. I am focused on bringing some major sporting events to Jamaica, including the Commonwealth Games," Grange told The Gleaner last night.

"My intention is to ensure that Jamaica is at the centre of sports tourism and sports tourism is at the centre of brand Jamaica," she added.

Grange was at the Norman Manley International Airport to welcome home members of the Commonwealth Games team that registered the country's most successful medal haul with 27 medals, at the recently concluded Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

 

'WORKING ON IT'

 

"Until we get to a point where we can make the announcement, all I can say is that we are working on it," Grange said. "We have set up a committee headed by Mike Fennell, that's a bidding committee, and we are going out there to host events."

Grange said her plans to host major sporting events will coincide with her intention to develop the country's main sporting venues.

"We did announce the major plans we have for the development of the National Stadium and for the Trelawny Stadium because we want to make sure the infrastructure is right so that we can host these events," Grange said.

"As a brand, we are big. Usain Bolt is at the centre of it, Bob Marley is at the centre of it and if we are able to put the right infrastructure in place then we can sell Jamaica."

akino.ming@gleanerjm.com