$4.3m boost for CAREBACO Championships
THE Sports Development Foundation (SDF), National Commercial Bank (NCB), and the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) have contributed a total of $4.3 million to the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) to host the 2014 staging of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships.
The SDF has committed $3m, NCB $1m and JPSCo $300,000 to the August 7-15 event, which will be held in Jamaica for the first time since 2002 at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology (UTech) Papine campus.
The championships will feature team events in both senior and junior competitions, as well as an open tournament and a junior tournament -- age group Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17.
This year the Under-19 tournament is open to participants outside of the membership, which will be contested in men's singles and doubles, women's singles and mixed doubles.
Denzil Wilks, general manager at SDF, said that sponsoring the event was not a problem.
"We are a huge supporter of sports development in the country, and we have been supporting badminton to the fullest and will continue to do so.
"I want to see a well-organised and exciting tournament and also to see our players playing at their best and winning medals for Jamaica," Wilks said at the Jamaica Olympic Association headquarters yesterday.
President of the CAREBACO Audley Astwood said that he is backing the Jamaican team to come out on top at the championships.
"Being the home team this year I expect a good performance from the team overall. With the quality team that they have right now, I know that they can dominate this tournament at every level, as I am backing them to do so," Astwood told the Jamaica Observer.
Robert Richards, president for the JBA, said that he hopes for a better tournament this year from his team.
"We will hope to better our medal tally over last year when we won five gold medals, three silver and eight bronze in the junior competition. Good performances are expected from our top junior players Sean and Shane Wilson, Samuel Ricketts, Zane Reid, Katherine Wynter, Alana Bailey, and Shezelle McTyson.
"We also expect to shine in the senior competition with top senior players like Gareth and Geordine Henry, Ruth Williams and Garron Palmer, who are currently away on duty at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland," said Richards, who then thanked sponsors for coming on board.
"I want to thank all sponsors for coming on board, without their sponsorship the preparation and hosting of these championships would not be possible."