Aug 26 2013, 5:06am CDT | by IANS
The prime minister, who is on the final leg of a five-day official visit to China, said Jamaica has offered 10 sports scholarships to China. The scholarships, tenable at the G.C. Foster College, are for sportsmen, administrators or coaches, reports CMC.
"I indicated to China's sports administration that we are quite willing to offer, in the first instance, 10 scholarships to athletes and if they would want us to train an administrator or a physical education teacher, we are quite willing," she said.
In announcing the acceptance of the offer, the prime minister noted that while Jamaica is blessed with naturally gifted athletes, the country's success, particularly in track and field, has been greatly assisted by the nurturing of talents.
The prime minister, who, on Friday, visited the Birds Nest Stadium where Usain Bolt sped to Olympic and world records in the 100 and 200 metres at the 2008 Games, said the sprinter is special to the country.
"Sports for us is a big thing. When we get a world champion, Jamaica celebrates. We have had a number of outstanding athletes, and Usain Bolt is one very special to us, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is now the fastest woman," the prime minister added.
The Jamaican leader is on a visit as guest of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
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