The first set of coaches being provided to Jamaica by the People’s Republic of China for seven sports under a three-year technical agreement signed between the two countries last year, arrived in Kingston yesterday.
They will be conducting coaching in synchronized swimming, swimming, women’s basketball, football and volleyball, badminton and gymnastics.
Newly appointed permanent secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Denzil Thorpe, who spoke on behalf of Sport Minister Olivia Grange, told a reception for the coaches held at the residence of the Chinese Ambassador, that Jamaica intended to take full advantage of the project knowing that the athletes as well as the coaches and teachers will benefit through transfer of knowledge.
Thorpe also said that Jamaica was grateful for the training equipment to be provided by China under the agreement.
The permanent secretary lauded the team that had been working with the Ministry to ensure that this project of technical assistance in sport is indeed a reality.
That team comprised persons from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Sport Development Foundation and the GC Foster College of Sport and Physical Education.
The coaches will spend a month in Jamaica and the agreement also calls for 100 of the athletes in the programme and their local coaches to go to China mid-year.