Jamaicans to help Singapore

28.10.2009 World informs about possible unavailability of triple world record holder, Usain Bolt, to visit Singapore to assist in the promotion of World Youth Games in that country next year.

This has triggered statements from both his management team and the Minister of Sports, Mrs. Olivia Grange. According to the Sports Minister, the Singapore private sector has pledged funds to repair the national stadium and its east field track where all the country’s locally based elite athletes do their preparations. As a result, they have requested that Jamaica send a delegation to assist in the promotion of the Games, special mention being made for the inclusion of Bolt.

Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Dexter Lee have signaled their intention to attend, the same response has not come from the Bolt handlers. Media practitioner, Carole Beckford, speaking as publicist for the Berlin triple world champion, explains his position “Usain’s participation in the Singapore mission was always an issue based on his schedule”. Minister Grange continued: “Jamaica does not have the money to repair the track, we have sourced the funds … we are in bi-lateral agreement with Singapore… The private sector in Singapore have agreed to pay for the work to be done, we in turn have agreed to go to Singapore with a delegation in helping them in promoting the first Youth Olympics.”

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