I would like to commend the sponsors in the private sector who have come forward to support our athletes and our Olympic campaign. I have to make special mention of Digicel who was the first sponsor of our living legend Usain Bolt from way back when he was running as a junior athlete, and who also expanded their sponsorship to our dearly beloved "Pocket Rocket", Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Congratulations must also be given to GraceKennedy for their contribution as major sponsors for Girls and Boys Champs from whence come these fine athletes, and especially sending their chef to cook for the Jamaicans at their pre-Olympic training camp. We know how important it is for our athletes to have a healthy Jamaican diet - I have no doubt that this makes a significant contribution to our dominance in sports.
Many of our sportsmen and sportswomen are in dire need of sponsorship to further develop themselves into the type of champions that have given our country so much glory. I hope that other private sector companies will see this need and come forward to assist in whatever way they can so we can continue our fine tradition.