KINGSTON, June 5 The top ten high schools based on their performances in the annual Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls Championships, will have their physical plants assessed to see what kind of improvements and upgrade can be facilitated.
Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon Natalie Neita Headley has committed that the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will be assigned to see how the Government can facilitate the improvements. The Minister, who was making her presentation in the Sectoral Debate on Wednesday, revealed that some research has shown that injuries among elite athletes were as a result of poor surfaces. “If we are to invest in our future, we must focus our attention on providing them with better facilities,” the Minister said.
The Minister lauded the efforts of ISSA, Jamaica Independent Schools Association and the Jamaica Teachers Association all of which have programmes to nurture and develop talent among the younger athletes.
Incentives for the development of sport
The Minister also announced that the recently enacted Charity Organisations (Tax Harmonisation) Act has in place, clear guidelines that will allow sporting bodies and federations to continue to benefit from the waivers through statute. Minister highlighted that “the act has therefore made it easier for organisations to make donations to charitable associations that support the development of sport.”
Section 1 under the Customs Section, states that “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, no import duty shall be payable upon any article imported into Jamaica or taken out of bond in Jamaica by an approved charitable organisation and shown to the satisfaction of the Commissioner General to be required for the charitable purposes of that organisation.”
The Minister noted that the provisions in the new Act have been expanded to cover all the present and future sporting activities as amateur sport.
“The SDF would be the agency to work with the Commissioner General to ensure that all sporting associations and bodies are vetted and registered as charitable organisations. Stakeholder consultations will commence shortly to ensure that the sporting associations and federations are fully aware how to treat with these new provisions,” the Minister announced.
The Minister was clear on the objective that “the partnership was to ensure that every single child participating in sport at the amateur level will be exposed to proper gear and equipment.”