Jamaican athletes preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics got some welcome news on Sunday night.

Sports Minister Olivia Grange says all is set for the unveiling of the statue of Jamaican Olympian Asafa Powell on Sunday, February 9.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will unveil the statue in a special ceremony at Statue Park in the National Stadium, beginning at 5:00 pm.

Minister Grange has invited the public to attend the ceremony and witness the unveiling of the statue.

Minister Grange said: “This is the final of four statues that we commissioned as part of the Jamaica 55 Legacy programme to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding athletes.

The statues not only highlight Jamaican athletic success but will serve as inspiration for all of us about what is possible when we try.

So I invite as many people as possible to join us on Sunday and celebrate with Asafa.

”The renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues in honour of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell.

All is set for Sunday’s unveiling of the statue of Asafa Powell at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Jamaican government is scheduled to begin work to re-develop the national stadium facility in Kingston early next year, Jamaica’s sports minister Olivia Grange announced on Thursday.

The statue of former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell will be unveiled at the National Stadium on Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 pm.

Sports Minister Olivia Grange says the Government will give substantial financial support to the family of slain Jamaica women's international footballer Tarania Clarke.

Grange made the announcement on her Instagram page on Thursday after meeting with Tarania’s mother Charmaine Riley Clarke, her sister Tina Darby and coach Xavier Gilbert at the Minister’s offices in New Kingston.

The meeting took place ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving for Tarania set for the Excelsior High School Auditorium on Saturday, December 22.

“The Ministry sees it as a responsibility to be facilitating the planning of final arrangements for Tarania’s Thanksgiving Service through funds to be paid over from the benefits derived from the Jamaica Athlete’s Insurance Plan, the Government Of Jamaica’s Group Health, Group Life and Personal Accident Plan.

“We are committed to providing the necessary assistance to ensure that Tarania’s sending home is befitting of one who served her country well. She was not only a brilliant footballer and leader but a wonderful individual,” the Sports Minister said.

Tarania died after a stabbing incident in the capital city of Kingston on October 31.

Police said the 20-year-old midfielder was pronounced dead in hospital.

Officers stated that Tarania died after a dispute over a mobile phone at about 8.50 pm on the night of October 31. A woman has since been charged.

Tarania, who played for Waterhouse FC, scored on her international debut in September's 12-1 win over Cuba in the Olympic qualifiers.

Tarania also captained the Excelsior High School football team.

She will be interred at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of the all-time greats of track and field, was honoured by her home country of Jamaica on Sunday when they mounted a statue of her likeness at Independence Park in Kingston.

All is now set for the installation of the statue of the Jamaican Olympic and World Champion sprinter, Veronica Campbell Brown that is to be unveiled at Statue Park at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, October 20.

The Government of Jamaica is to salute outstanding Jamaican and world athlete, Veronica Campbell-Brown, during Heritage Week in October, by unveiling a statue in her honour.

This was disclosed by Sport Minister Olivia Grange, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Grange informed that last year during Heritage Week, the statue of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was installed at Independence Park.

“She has been an amazing ambassador for our country. She is humble, confident and respectful at all times. We salute you Shelly-Ann,” she said.

The Minister added that the Government is also finalising arrangements for the installation of the statue of noted sprinter, Asafa Powell, later this year.

Renowned sculptor Basil Watson has been engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

The statue in honour of Campbell-Brown will be the third to be completed under the Programme. The first statue of Usain Bolt was completed and installed last December. The other statue of  Asafa Powell is expected to be unveiled before the end of the year.

Lane two in the Class Three 100 metres for girls was supposed to be Chantea Skyers’ lane.

The Jamaican government has engaged consultants to look into the viability of upgrading the National Stadium in Kingston and the stadium in Trelawny with a view to attracting international sporting events.

Maquettes of statues for former 100m world-record-holder Asafa Powell and two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown, are currently in the island and will be unveiled soon.

Jamaica honoured its successful Special Olympics team to the World Summer Games at a special reception at Jamaica House on Friday, May 3.

The Jamaica Tallawahs and the Government of Jamaica have done away with their back and forth over support for the franchise in place of a long-term agreement.

 

Jamaica’s sporting bodies will have to show greater accountability if they are to gain access to the funding they need. This as the country’s sports minister Olivia Grange announced the new criteria during a meeting with the island’s sports federations on Wednesday.

"Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected,” Minister Grange explained.

“Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sports-governing bodies is well managed.  At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.”

Under the new conditions, the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will no longer consider requests for funding from sports federations or associations without a full accounting for money requested.  Federations/associations are also now required to submit outstanding financial reports to be eligible for further financial support.

The minister made clear that the new requirement will also apply in the case of requests to use national sports facilities.  The new approach also has implications not only for sports governing bodies but for other entities that organise and promote competitions and which seek sponsorship from the SDF and from the ministry. 

“I believe this new requirement will help us to bring about greater accountability — which is something that we all desire,” said Minister Grange.

“Greater accountability will also make local federations more attractive to private sector sponsors.  There is no downside to having greater accountability.”

Minister Grange pointed out that some national federations/associations do not routinely submit financial reports, and urged them to move swiftly to become compliant with the reporting requirements.

“If you receive over five million (JMD) dollars from the Sports Development Foundation as subvention, you must provide audited financial statements annually. If you receive below five million dollars, you need to submit a financial statement.

“The organisations that receive monthly subventions must submit quarterly reports. “And, so I’m putting everybody on notice.  If [your quarterly reports are] not submitted, your monthly subvention will be held.

“In other words, I’m saying to you, we have to get our house in order, we have to respond to you when you call on us, so you need to get your house in order so that we, as a team, can proudly say to the people of Jamaica ‘your money is being wisely spent’”.

 

 

 

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