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SDF to assist Special Olympics Jamaica – Wilks

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Sports Development Foundation (SDF) general manager, Denzil Wilks, says the request from Special Olympic Jamaica (SOJ) for assistance to attend the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games is under serious consideration. He promised that an announcement will be made in another two weeks on what the body’s final allocation to the SOJ will be.The Gleaner understood that the SDF had made a grant of $1 million to SOJ to attend the event, but Wilks said the process was still ongoing and that they had yet to decide on a figure.

“It’s the Special Olympic’s major event just like track and field has the World Championships. Whenever they have major events, especially when in involves travelling, they seek assistance from the SDF. Based on our capacity at the time, a decision is made as to what will be the contribution.

“I don’t know yet what will be the final contribution of the SDF to Special Olympics. We have a meeting coming this week and another one next week, all of which will determine exactly what it (the amount). When that is decided, an announcement will be made,” he said.

No figures

When quizzed on the amount that Special Olympic Jamaica requested and how much they intend to give, Wilks said “I don’t want to give numbers, because it is something that is under consideration.”

Wilks said that the SDF has answered and will continue to answer the calls from many local sporting institutions for financial aid, especially those preparing for premier international events.

The Special Olympics World Summer Games take place in in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14–21.