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$57 million for athletes' homecoming
2012-10-03 18:30:43 | (0 Comments)
Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer
The winning trio (from left) Warren Weir (bronze), Usain Bolt (gold), Yohan Blake (silver) - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Reporter
The government is to spend $57 million to celebrate the achievements of the nation’s athletes at the recent London Olympics and Paralympics.
About $20 million of that amount is to come from private sector sponsorship.
In making this announcement at a press conference, Minister with responsibility for Sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, said a series of events are to be held to recognize the athletes.
They include a church service, a cocktail reception hosted by the prime minister and a concert at the National Arena on Monday, October 15.
Neita-Headley says the government and the country are proud of the athletes and their achievements should be celebrated.
In addition to the celebratory events, the government is also to cash awards to the athletes and officials as a token of appreciation.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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