RJR News / By Jeremain Brown
Although not expecting to be adversely affected by the major budgetary cut for the Rio Paralympic Games, the Jamaica Paralympic Association says there is still cause for concern ahead of Games set for September 7-18 in Brazil. Jamaica’s three member team which includes one newcomer, was announced on Thursday.
News has emerged however that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has been forced to make major budgetary cuts due to financial constraints.
Among the major setbacks is a failure by the Rio Organising Committee to make grants available to some competing nations. Jamaica is among the countries that did not receive a grant.
Jamaica Paralympic Association President Christopher Samuda says while the country might not be adversely affected due to its small number of participants it is still cause for concern.
Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Mike Fennell was among the dignitaries in attendance as the athletes were presented to the media on Thursday.
Not perturbed by the raft of cuts for the Games, Fennell says the IPC could use the momentum from the Olympics to address the issues facing the organisers ahead of the Games.
Like in 2012, Jamaica will only be represented by three athletes in Rio due to a quota system. Club thrower, Dana-Gaye Weller is the only newcomer to the Jamaican team. Veteran thrower Alphanso Cunningham who won gold in 2012 and quarter-miler Shane Hudson are the other members of the team which departs next week Tuesday.
JAMAICA: Paralympic Association Concerned Over Rio Budget Cut
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