Cash-strapped local sporting associations have seized advantage of funding available through Jamaica Sport, accessing sponsorship valued at more than US$260,000 for 13 events since the initiative was launched in October 2014.Ten sporting bodies have accessed funds so far.Among the events staged were the recent Jamaica Volleyball Association Beach Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, as well as the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in 2015; the 2014 and 2015 Reggae Marathon; the Jamaica International Invitational; the UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships; the West Indies Test series against England and Australia and Caribbean Premier League; the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships; and the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers.The Jamaica Taekwondo Association was the first body to access funds to host the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Cup in August 2014.The Jamaica Badminton Association, Netball Jamaica, and the Jamaica Surfing Association also benefited from Jamaica Sport, which receives funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund.MORE BOOKINGSDeputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Jason Hall told The Gleaner that 20,000 hotel-room nights, with an additional 4,000 tourists, have helped generate an economic impact of US$6 million to date.”Back in 2014, all the associations were contacted to notify them of the existence of Jamaica Sport, and our strategy, and what we were trying to achieve. We also held a number of information sessions that speak specifically to sport tourism economic-assessment model,” Hall said.The ITF World Cup, he said, had generated US$2.6 million from 15,000 guest nights.The figures were arrived at using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM).”A measurement tool, where you input the data from the event and even factors non-foreign visitors,” said Hall.He also noted that the International Tennis Federation Senior Championships, which featured French tennis star Marion Bartoli, was televised on four different networks, with 840 guest nights being used.”Staging a major event requires major sponsorship, and the sponsorship from Corporate Jamaica is limited. We are looking at a broader gamut,” he said.BETTER QUALITY EVENTS”We are looking to increase the quality and quantity of events with sporting potential. We are targeting specific events for development,” he added.Hall noted that for interested parties to access funds, their event must have tourism potential and must be sanctioned by the sport’s local governing body. Tourism potential would be evidenced by a marketing plan.Criteria for approval for funding would include giving Jamaica a competitive advantage through hosting, a high multiplier effect, and lower operating costs.Hall said that the events of interest include golf; masters’ events; beach events such as beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach rugby, and beach football; endurance events; high school and youth competitions; training camps; sports conferences; motocross; and surfing.He added that discussions were now in progress to stage a cycling tour of Jamaica in the vein of the Tour de France.Jamaica Sport is chaired by Chris Dehring and includes Howard McIntosh, Caribbean Premier League director of operations; Michael Hall, head of communications at the West Indies Cricket Board; Carole Beckford; and general manager of Independence Park Limited, Major Desmon Brown.
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Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Irving spoke of the trade to Boston coming along “at the right time” during his career and him being “grateful” to have the opportunity to play for the historic franchise. Later that day he beamed as he shared a moment with his father, Drederick Irving, holding a Celtics jersey with the Irving name on the back.They even made a Nike commercial in which Irving referenced Drederick’s basketball career and playing his college basketball in Boston. The spot ends with Irving saying, “He’s the reason I wear No. 11. I want to be the reason no one else will.”Irving said after Wednesday’s loss that how this season ended would stay with him.“I’ll never forget something like this,” he said. “The taste of feeling defeat and this type of style, I haven’t felt. For me, it’s just moving on to the next thing and seeing where it ends up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris, left, hugs Kyrie Irving as the Milwaukee Bucks celebrate their 123-116 win in Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Expectations overflowed prior to the season for a Boston Celtics team expected to ascend to the top of an Eastern Conference without LeBron James.The season will be remembered for how poorly Boston did fulfilling its potential following false starts, some regression by its young players and an early exit from the postseason.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Small frame, big heart: New MVP Cherry Rondina proves height is just a number Last season, the Celtics won 55 games and came within a victory of reaching the NBA Finals with All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both sidelined with injuries.The reintegration of both underscored shortcomings that included moments of infighting that culminated with the Celtics winning only 49 games and finishing fourth in the East. Their season ended Wednesday night in the second round the playoffs with a 116-91 loss to the Bucks that capped a 4-1 series loss .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBoston trudges into a pivotal offseason with Irving and Al Horford holding player options to return for next season and key reserves Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris entering free agency.The Celtics assembled for the final time Thursday for exit interviews with the coaching staff and members of the front office. Players were given the option of meeting with reporters, though Irving, Horford, Morris and Rozier all declined. “I think we’re still building,” Brown said. “I think we still have some great components here to build on. I don’ think we should just throw the whole team away.”Still, so much changed from last season.Following a grueling 10 months rehab from his devastating ankle injury, Hayward opened this season back in the starting lineup. But he was benched after 15 games in which he averaged 10.1 points on 39.9% shooting from the field. By comparison he averaged 21.9 points and shot 47.7% in his final All-Star season in Utah in 2016-17.While it was expected for Hayward to need time to get back to that level, his swift reinsertion into the starting lineup this season by coach Brad Stevens may have contributed to their 9-7 start.Irving, coming off knee surgery, disagreements in the locker room, particularly with the younger players. During a losing streak in January Irving called them out, saying “”the young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship-level team.”He apologized after Brown took issue with the comments, but the words.Stevens said it was clear that expectations weighed on not only Irving but the entire team.“There’s no question. They have TVs. They have phones. They hear everything,” Stevens said. “There’s a lot of pressure to live up to all these expectations, to put on a cape. to do all those things. And that’s hard to do.”Irving, who told a group of season-ticket holders in October that he intended to resign, backtracked on that pledge in February when he proclaimed “Ask me on July 1” after being pressed on his intentions for this summer.It was a far cry from the optimism Kyrie brimmed with at his introductory news conference two years ago. Those who did speak agreed the season was a disappointment and they have no idea what Irving plans to do. But Marcus Smart was adamant the team’s failures weren’t a product of Irving’s leadership.“Not one of us on this team knows what Kyrie has been through,” Smart said. “He was forced into a situation where it was business over friendships. Where he had to come into a situation knowing that there’s a group of guys that had something going before (he came) here. . He didn’t want to disrupt that. That says a lot.“We took him in with full arms. We tried to understand him. We never really understood. We’re not in his shoes.”After a season in which lack of chemistry was a recurrent issue, team president Danny Ainge will have some tough choices to make that will affect the franchise’s long-term future.Does he blow up the youthful core and spend his chest of draft picks to trade for New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and try to keep Irving? 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