Wed | Dec 6, 2023

'Jamaica House' goes wild for athletes

Published:Friday | August 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Fans inside the O2 Arena cheer Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday. - CONTRIBUTED
Jampro President Sancia Bennett-Templer, Claude Duncan, vice-president for investment, and sports agent Roger Barnes watch the finals of the women's 200m finals at Jamaica House on Wednesday.
It was a nail-biting affair as fans cheered on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell- Brown in the women's 200m final at the O2 Arena on Wednesday.

FANS IN their thousands continue to converge nightly on the Jamaica House in Greenwich, London, to see the finals of the track and field events at the London Olympic Games and to cheer on the Jamaican athletes.

Wednesday night was no different as the finals of the men's 110 metre hurdles, the women's 400 metres hurdles and the women's 200 metres were contested. UK Jamaicans almost brought the roof down at the O2 complex as the final of the 200 metres unfolded with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce just missing out on gold by finishing second to American Allyson Felix.

Among the Jamaican dignitaries enjoying the activities at Jamaica House were Damion Crawford, junior minister for tourism; John Lynch, director for tourism; Sancia Bennett-Templar, president of Jampro; and Claude Duncan, Jampro's vice-president for investment.

Jamaican House, a joint project by Jampro and the Ministry of Tourism, was officially opened on August 3 by Minister for Investment and Trade Anthony Hylton, and will run until August 12. Activities include business and tourism seminars, nightly entertainment and big-screen television coverage of the Olympics.