Caribbean looking at Jamaica model for sports development

Kingston, 20 January 2023 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says Jamaica will be hosting a delegation from the Trinidad and Tobago government who will conduct a study tour of our sports programme.

The Trinidad and Tobago delegation will be led by the Minister of Sports, the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe.

As part of the study tour, they will visit a number of schools and institutions, including the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, and participate in discussions with Minister Grange and officials in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Minster Grange said:
“They want to look at setting up a high school boys and girls champs like ours in Jamaica. They want to look at our athletes insurance plan because they want to establish an insurance plan as well. And they want to look at GC Foster [College of Physical Education and Sports] to see how we implement such an excellent sports programme in the various disciplines through that institution."

Jamaica will also be sharing its expertise with several other Caribbean countries next week when it hosts the World Anti-Doping Agency Forum for Ministers of Sports in the Caribbean from January 26 to 27, 2023 in Kingston.

“Jamaica is like a model. We have a model programme and WADA wants us to help in leading the charge in the region and to mobilise the ministers of sports. What we hope to achieve is to come up with an action plan for the region in anti- doping, because a number of the countries in the region do not have full fledged programmes; and because we have a full programme, we will be able to give the technical support that is required.”

According to Minister Grange, Jamaica is considered a leader in the fight against doping in sports.

“We are proud of what we have been able to do in the short time that we established the [Anti-Doping in Sport] Act and have been administering the programme. Because we are so well known across the world in track and field in particular, and other sports disciplines, we sometimes are seen as a country that has to be looked at very closely when it comes to anti-doping practices. And we are proud that we have been able to actually demonstrate that we support clean sports and actually live what we preach.”

Delegates from 19 Caribbean countries — including more than a dozen sports ministers — are confirmed for the Forum, which will be attended by the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Witold Bańka.


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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.

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