Jamaica Observer / The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is continuing its support for local athletics with a $12- million sponsorship package for the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet which is scheduled for Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston. The allocation extends the PCJ’s support for the well-regarded event to a fifth-consecutive year. The competition, which is an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Challenge Meet, serves as a critical building block for the nation’s athletes, especially those who are based on home soil.
JII continues to bring internationally renowned track and field stars to Jamaica, giving local athletes the chance to experience elite competition without having to travel overseas.
The line-up for this year’s meet includes double Olympic sprint champion, Jamaican Elaine Thompson; the indefatigable Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria; 2008 Olympic Champion over 400m, LaShawn Merritt of the United States; Jamaican hurdles specialist Jaheel Hyde; and experienced campaigner, Shericka Jackson, also of Jamaica.
Camille Taylor, the PCJ’s manager, corporate affairs and communications, said: “The PCJ’s past sponsorship of the Jamaica International Invitational meet covered years like 2015 when the IAAF World Championships was held in Beijing, China, and 2016 when the Olympics were in Rio de Janeiro and we would like to think we contributed in some way to Jamaica’s stellar performances at these international meets because the Invitational serves as a preparatory event for major championships.”
“Jamaica has had a solid run on the world stage and if we are going to maintain our position at the top athletics, we will need continued support at all levels; and just as we’ve been there for the good years in the past, the PCJ will be here to support our athletes and athletic associations as we rebuild and renew,” she added.