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Gov’t plans national, community events to fete athletes

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 6:14 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister with responsibility for Sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, says plans to fete athletes who represented Jamaica at the London Olympics will involve the staging of a national event, as well as smaller events in several of the athletes’ home communities.

“The celebrations will go from a national event to individual events within their communities, a kind of coming home activity, because that’s where it starts and where it begins,” said Neita-Headley.

“We’re not looking at any motorcade, we’re looking at how we provide incentives and benefits to those who have given so much to their country,” she added.

Neita-Headley noted that the events are currently being planned and could take place on National Heroes’ Day (October 15), depending on the availability of the majority of the athletes.

Many of them are not expected back in the island until later this year, due to overseas sporting commitments.

Jamaica’s hauled in 12 medals — four gold, four silver and four bronze — at the XXX Olympiad.

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