The Government will be providing financial assistance to athletes in their preparation for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, this summer. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says “beginning on March 1, and continuing into mid-July, athletes who have qualified or are on the brink of qualification…will receive $20,000 per week towards their preparation, to be disbursed on a monthly basis.”
“This support will assist them to offset costs relating to coaching and training, transportation, physiotherapy and massage therapy, nutrition and other special needs,”Ms. Grange said.
According to a JIS report, she noted that athletes can also access the Jamaica Athletes’ Insurance Plan to assist with medical treatment if needed.
Minister Grange was addressing the ceremony for the unveiling of the statue of Asafa Powell at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, February 9.
She said that the financial aid is part of a long-term programme of support for athletes in order to ensure their well-being.
The unveiling of Mr. Powell’s statue, which was sculpted by Basil Watson, was one of several events scheduled for Reggae Month under the theme ‘Come Ketch de Riddim’.
The sculpture is the last of four monuments of outstanding Jamaican athletes commissioned by the Ministry under the ‘Jamaica 55’ Legacy Programme.
Statues of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown have been completed and installed.
IN PHOTO: Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right); and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (second left), join star sprinter, Asafa Powell (second right), at the unveiling of his statue at Statue Park, National Stadium, in Kingston, on Sunday (February 9). Sharing the moment are Mr. Powell’s wife, Alyshia Powell (centre) and Sculptor, Basil Watson
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