The Jamaica Chess Federation received a well needed boost from the Ministry of Sports towards their preparation for the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijani, September 1-14.
Sports Minister Olivia Babsy Grange handed over a special contribution of JM$2 million, on behalf of the government, which was made possible through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF). The Chess Federation had received JM $750,000 previously and was presented with the remaining JM$1.25 yesterday.
The Minister said the Jamaica Chess Federation has done extremely well under the leadership of President Ian Wilkinson, despite the challenge of not having enough funds to do all that he wanted to. Minister Grange said, for that reason she did not hesitate when the federation asked for help to make it to the chess Olympics.
Minister Grange said the special contribution was a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to support the development of all sports.
The Minister said she will be exploring possibilities for partnership to expand the chess programme in schools and communities across the island. According to her, more people should be playing chess as it can assist in problem solving, logical thinking and developing analytical skills.
The Jamaican delegation will depart the island on Monday, August 29, 2106.
Source: Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
Reporter: Owen Brown