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TEF provides $10 million to assist Calabar High in acquiring new track

Ministry of Tourism | 2016-01-28 00:00:00

As part of its efforts to foster sports development locally the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has contributed well needed funds to assist reigning ISSA Boys Athletics Champions, Calabar High School, in acquiring a 400 metre training track. This as the TEF provided $10 million to support the installation of the synthetic track at the school’s new sports complex, which was officially opened recently.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, emphasized that sports is very significant to tourism. 

He noted that “the importance of sports in tourism and what sports has added to Brand Jamaica is immeasurable. When our athletes stand on the podium, with the Jamaican flag, our anthem being played and people all over the world looking at Jamaica and thinking about the strength of this small country that has been able to develop such tremendous athletes, it does wonders for our country. ”

The Minister explained that the focus on developing sports forms part of TEF’s efforts to help safeguard Jamaica’s outstanding legacy in sports. “It is in our best interest not only to promote sports and what we already have but we also have a role in fostering the development of more and more athletes so that we can ensure that our performance continues for years to come,” he said.

Minister McNeill outlined that several months ago representatatives of Calabar approached the TEF with a proposal to create a sports complex and asked for assistance. Dr. McNeill emphasized that “Calabar has an enviable record of excellence in various sporting deciplines and has produced many outstanding sportsmen such as Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley. So when they approached us we were glad to contribute $10 million to fund the installation of the track as we view it as an investment is sports development.” 

In lauding the committed team which worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the ground-breaking venture Minister McNeill explained that the TEF is exploring unique ways to help local athletes, schools and sports institutions.

He said “we do a lot to develop sports and we are currently putting together a programme to assist schools across the island in securing well needed training facilities and gym equipment so that we can expand the areas in which they can perform. We are in discussions with the Ministry of Education to have this programme implemented soon.”

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