China providing Jamaica with coaches for 7 sporting disciplines

KINGSTON, Jamaica — China will be providing Jamaica with coaches for the sporting disciplines of swimming, synchronised swimming, badminton, gymnastics, volleyball, football and basketball, according to Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange.

A Letter of Exchange, sealing a technical cooperation project on sports, was signed between Grange and Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica, Niu Qingbao, at the Jamaica Pegasus this morning.

“For volleyball, football and basketball the emphasis will be on the women's programmes where we know the need is greatest,” Grange revealed, adding that “In the first instance, the coaches will be in Jamaica for one month in January 2018”.

During the project, to run from 2018 –2020, Jamaica will send to China a group of approximately 138 athletes, coaches and other support personnel for a stay of two months, during which time they will experience training and competition in China.

She said the project, which also includes the provision of equipment, is being funded by the Chinese Government to the tune of US$7 million.

Grange said the Jamaican Government is expected to put a plan in place to ensure effective project management as well as ensure the security and welfare of the coaches.

Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica, Niu Qingbao, said China was particularly pleased with the technical cooperation project as Jamaica and China mark the 45th Anniversary of their establishment of diplomatic relations.

“We want more of these exchanges which benefit our two countries.”

The signing ceremony was attended by a number of representatives from various sports associations and institutions.

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