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Grange commends Jamaica's World Champs team

Monday, October 07, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has applauded the performance of the Jamaican team at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, which ended yesterday in Doha, Qatar.

Jamaica ended the championship placing third overall with 12 medals, including three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

In a statement from the sport ministry, Grange praised the athletes for “a job well done” in spite of what she said were “disappointments and setbacks”.

“I think it was a very good showing by Jamaica and we must congratulate and encourage all members of the team who represented our country with such heart, determination, courage and dignity,” said the minister.

She also commended the coaching and support staff for their role in Jamaica's success. 

According to the statement, Grange met with IAAF leadership while in Doha and began talks of the possibility of Jamaica hosting a major athletic event in 2023.

The ministry said she also met with her Kenyan counterpart to discuss initiatives to operationalise the sports, culture and heritage cooperation agreement, which was signed between both countries last August in Kingston.

Under the agreement, Jamaica and Kenya will cooperate in organising major sporting events, collaborate on sports science as well as develop an exchange programme for coaches and teachers of physical education, among other initiatives.


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