The replacement of the Stadium East Track remains on track – Grange

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (right) examines a piece of the old turf at Stadium East as work got underway to remove the old track which will be replaced by a new Regupol track. The track is scheduled to be ready for use before the end of February. Explaining to the Minister the process for changing the track is Peter Breuer, Director Export, BSW, Germany (centre), while Major Desmon Brown, General Manger, Independence Park Limited looks on. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (right) examines a piece of the old turf at Stadium East as work got underway to remove the old track which will be replaced by a new Regupol track. The track is scheduled to be ready for use before the end of February. Explaining to the Minister the process for changing the track is Peter Breuer, Director Export, BSW, Germany (centre), while Major Desmon Brown, General Manger, Independence Park Limited looks on. MCGES\Shanna Kay Salmon

Kingston, January 7 - The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has said that she was pleased that the work to install a new track at Stadium East in the Independence Park complex started today (January 7) as previously announced.

The Sport Minister spoke from Stadium East where grading work started to remove the old track which will be replaced by a new Regupol running track.

“Today as we start the process to replace this track we must remember that Stadium East has provided the training ground for some of Jamaica’s top class athletes including the legendary Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell Brown and Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce among others. Indeed, it may have nurtured and produced the best athletes in the world.

“I must express gratitude to the Ministry of Finance and Planning for their level of cooperation with my Ministry to make this project a reality.”

Minister Grange added that the Ministry hopes to put in new running tracks in central and eastern Jamaica in the next fiscal year.

Meanwhile, the contractor on the project, Peter Breuer, Director Export, BSW of Germany, said that the company was creating history in Jamaica by using newly developed durable material at the request of the Minister. The material will also be used for other locations in Jamaica.

Regupol running tracks which are manufactured in accordance with the IAAF quality standards are suitable for both international professional sports as well as for school and popular sports.

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I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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