Government demands shut down of JFF camp

Kingston, 5 February 2021 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has written to the President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, demanding the immediate shut-down of the training camp at the Horace Burrell Football Academy.

Minister Grange wrote to Mr Ricketts after the Ministry of Health and Wellness issued instructions that the unauthorised camp must:
- cease with immediate effect;
- that all participants in the camp must remain at the facility to reduce the risk of infection;
- that the necessary application to host the camp be made to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
Minister Grange said the government is concerned about the training camp especially in light of confirmed covid-19 cases among players.

In her letter to the JFF President, Minister Grange wrote:
“We are now in receipt of the application for hosting the training camp to commence tomorrow, February 6, 2021 which was dated February 4, 2021. Please note that training cannot commence without the approval of the Director General, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), with the Ministry of Health and Wellness advising that there is no breach and it is safe to resume. Therefore, there can be no training today or tomorrow and not until approval has been given.”

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Minister's charge

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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