Gov’t Raising Jamaica’s Profile as A Sports Destination

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Jamaica News: Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is committed to raising Jamaica’s profile as a premier destination for hosting international sports events.

She noted that the new Sports for Economic Development initiative “is the enabler that will ensure that our doors remain open for business”.

“At the heart of this strategy is the Government’s thrust to place the empowerment and prosperity of our people at the centre of sport development. We have been forging new partnerships and renewing old ones in an effort to bring direct and indirect investment into the sport industry. We are also exploring opportunities that will solidify Jamaica’s position as the premier destination for hosting major sporting events, meetings and for training,” she added.

The Minister was addressing the media launch for the second staging of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament on Monday (October 1) at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

She noted that Jamaica is fast becoming a popular venue for international sporting events, among them the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Summit in January; the seventh Pan American Handgun Championships and the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) 13th annual Road Race in July; and the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation Team Championships in September.

Later this month, Jamaica will host netballers from Trinidad and Tobago, and England in five international test matches.

In his remarks at the launch, Executive Director of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic, Jacob Ridenhour, said that this year’s event promises to be exciting and invited members of the public to support the tournament.

“We want to help persons to see what is in their country and what basketball can do (and) how it exposes the children of Jamaica to the opportunities out there,” he added.

The Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic is slated to be held from November 16 to 18 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James. This will be the second staging of the annual event.

This year, the tournament will feature eight colleges from the United States of America (USA). All games will be televised across the USA during prime time on CBS Sports as well as streamed on the Internet.

Participating institutions are Georgetown University, University of South Florida, Loyola Marymount University, Ohio University, Central Connecticut State University, Austin Peay State University, Campbell University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University.

Tickets can be purchased at Fontana Pharmacy in Montego Bay and Kingston, the tour desks of participating hotels or online at For more information, visit:


Source: JIS News

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