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Chinese coaches arrive under technical agreement

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Office, People’s Republic of China Embassy in Jamaica, Fan Jianghong (centre), welcomes a team of coaches from his country at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston Thursday. Members of the team are here for a 30-day training programme with coaches and athletes in seven sporting disciplines.

The first set of coaches being provided to Jamaica by the People's Republic of China under a three-year technical agreement signed between the two countries last year arrived in Kingston on Thursday.

They will be conducting coaching in synchronised swimming, swimming, female basketball, women's football, women's volleyball, badminton and gymnastics.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, permanent secretary Denzil Thorpe said at a reception held for the coaches 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 told the reception, held at the residence of the Chinese Ambassador, that Jamaica was also grateful for the training equipment to be provided by China under the agreement.

Acting president of the Jamaica Basketball Association, Calvin Martin, said that basketball training will be conducted islandwide with students from the primary to college levels.

"We are hoping that when they leave, we will have a lot more girls playing because women's basketball at the local level is not as strong and popular as in former years," he said.

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 midyear.