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Digicel boost Jamaica Olympics

Published:Tuesday | April 22, 2008 | 10:07 AM

Local telecommunications company Digicel yesterday made a major contribution to Jamaica’s participation at this year’s Beijing Olympics.

Digicel handed over a cheque worth $8 million to the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) at the association’s head office on Cunningham Avenue.

The money will help to offset the cost of financing the JOA’s programme for this year, and the next four years.

The new sponsorship from Digicel represents a 100 percent increase.

Jamaica have already qualified athletes for four sports athletics, swimming, cycling and equestrian.

The track and field team will be selected by the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA), after the national trials set for June 27 to 29.

Natasha Moodie has already booked a place in swimming.

Cyclist Ricardo Lynch and equestrian Samantha Albert are the other Jamaicans who have already qualified for the Beijing Games.

Two boxers, Nicholas Walters and Rikardo Smith, will leave the island this week for an Olympic qualifying tournament in Guatemala.