Chinese Coaches Arrive in Jamaica Under Technical Agreement in Sport

It was a convivial occasion last evening (Thursday) at the residence of the Chinese Ambassador as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe (second right); Florette Blackwood, Senior Director, Sport Development and Monitoring Division in the Ministry (right), joined Jianghong Fan, Counsellor, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (centre) in welcoming the seven coaches, team leader and translator who arrived yesterday at the Norman Manley International Airport. The coaches will be in Jamaica for one month and will conduct specialised training in gymnastics, swimming, synchronised swimming, badminton, volleyball, basketball and football, the latter three for females. The arrival of the Chinese delegation signals the start of the first phase of a three-year Technical Cooperation Project on Sport with Jamaica. Also photographed are: Jiang Lin, team leader (second left) and Su Hui, translator (left).   It was a convivial occasion last evening (Thursday) at the residence of the Chinese Ambassador as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe (second right); Florette Blackwood, Senior Director, Sport Development and Monitoring Division in the Ministry (right), joined Jianghong Fan, Counsellor, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (centre) in welcoming the seven coaches, team leader and translator who arrived yesterday at the Norman Manley International Airport. The coaches will be in Jamaica for one month and will conduct specialised training in gymnastics, swimming, synchronised swimming, badminton, volleyball, basketball and football, the latter three for females. The arrival of the Chinese delegation signals the start of the first phase of a three-year Technical Cooperation Project on Sport with Jamaica. Also photographed are: Jiang Lin, team leader (second left) and Su Hui, translator (left).

Kingston – January 12 - The first set of coaches being provided to Jamaica by the People’s Republic of China for seven sports under a three-year technical agreement signed between the two countries last year, arrived in Kingston yesterday afternoon (January 11).

They will be conducting coaching in:

  • Synchronized swimming,
  • Swimming,
  • Basketball for females,
  • Football for females,
  • Volleyball for females,
  • Badminton

Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, Mr Denzil Thorpe, the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, told a reception held for the coaches that Jamaica intended to take full advantage of the project knowing that the athletes as well as the coaches and teachers will benefit through transfer of knowledge.

Mr Thorpe told the reception, held at the residence of the Chinese Ambassador, that Jamaica was also grateful for the training equipment to be provided by China under the agreement. 

The Permanent Secretary said congratulations were in order for the team that had been working with the Ministry to ensure that this project of technical assistance in sport is indeed a reality. He named the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Sport Development Foundation and the GC Foster College of Sport and Physical Education.

The coaches will spend a month in Jamaica and the agreement also calls for 100 of the athletes in the programme and their local coaches to go to China mid-year.

 

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