The Government of Jamaica says preliminary discussions to extend the largest bilateral sports cooperation agreement with China have been favourable.
The three-year programme, dubbed the Jamaica-China Technical Cooperation Programme, is in its second year.
Under the programme, 138 Jamaican athletes, managers and coaches in seven sporting disciplines travel to China for 60 days for specialised training during the summer.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, said Sport Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange, has had some preliminary discussions and those have been favourable, as “both China and Jamaica have expressed an interest”.
However, he added that there is a process that has to be followed if there is to be an extension and what will be involved in that extension.
Similar sentiments were shared by Lyu Guoguang, General Manager of the China Sports International Corporation.
“All the athletes have achieved some good goals… the first one is improved performance. The young athletes have strengthened friendship with each other … and the young people of Jamaica are getting to know China right now. So, the Chinese and Jamaican governments also hope that this project can be extended,” he said.