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Japan offers US$90,000 to build a gymnasium in Jamaica

Jamaican-Gymnast-Nicholas-Tai. Photo by (photo by Glen Jackson
Jamaican-Gymnast-Nicholas-Tai. Photo by (photo by Glen Jackson)

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has received grant funding of US$90,000 from the Japanese government for the construction of a gymnasium, which will be used primarily for the development of artistic gymnastics at the institution.

The gymnasium, to be completed within the next three months, will be built to specifications that will support the training of gymnasts, through collaboration with Japanese coaches from Nishida’s Gymnastics.

Caleb Fischle-Faulk of the Jamaican National Team Gymnast. Photo via instagram

The facility will allow students to train in a facility that is built for the core purpose of developing their talents, sports acumen and capabilities, through the provision of the appropriate space and equipment.

Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald (seated, right), along with Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, His Excellency Mr. Masanori Nakano (seated, left), sign a contract for grant funding, valued at US$90,000, being provided by the Japanese government to UWI for the construction of a gymnasium to facilitate gymnastic training at the institution. Looking on are (from left): Japanese Deputy Chief of Mission to Jamaica, Mr. Hiromoto Oyama; Campus Registrar, Mrs. Camille Bell-Hutchinson; and Deputy Principal, Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa. The signing ceremony was hosted at the UWI Council Room on Wednesday, March 2.
Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald (seated, right), along with Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, His Excellency Mr. Masanori Nakano (seated, left), (Standing from left) Japanese Deputy Chief of Mission to Jamaica, Mr. Hiromoto Oyama; Campus Registrar, Mrs. Camille Bell-Hutchinson; and Deputy Principal, Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa. Photo via JIS

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the UWI, Professor Archibald McDonald, speaking at a signing and cheque hand-over ceremony at the UWI Council Room, on the campus, today (March 2), said the facility will likely encourage more interest in the sport amongst students and the wider public, and from an academic perspective, foster greater interest in physical education. He noted that the facility will also enable the UWI to provide more community development youth sports activities to neighboring communities.

Professor McDonald  expressed appreciation to the Japanese government, adding that he is pleased to be able to strengthen the bonds, as a tertiary institution, with the government and people of Japan, and is looking forward to maintaining a strong relationship for the advancement of education.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano, gave a commitment  to continuing the cooperation and exchanges in the field of sports and education between Jamaica and Japan.