ST GEORGE’S, March 30, 2017 – When athletes take to the track for the Grenada Invitational on April 8, they will be using state-of-the-art False Start Detection System, commonly known as Recall Starting Block Sensors.
The People’s Republic of China on Thursday signed and presented the Recall Starting Block Sensors which will be used at the Invitational Meet next Saturday.
Ambassador Ou Boqian signed on behalf of China while Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Youth and Religious Affairs, Senator Pamela Moses dotted the lines on behalf of the Government of Grenada.
Earlier this year (January 10, 2017) the Grenada Invitational met with Ambassador Ou Boqian and other officials of the People’s Republic of China to discuss technical assistance for the inaugural meet at the National Stadium.
Grenada Invitational requested eight (8) Recall Starting Blocks Sensors and technical support personnel leading up and on the day of the event.
The Embassy and the technical officials of the Grenada Invitational, including Meet Director Kerlon Peters, subsequently engaged in further discussions about sourcing the equipment and other areas of assistance.
In making the request, Meet Organiser Michael Bascombe said: “The Grenada Invitational assures you that this assistance will not only ensure the successful staging of the International Track & Field Meet but also a legacy for future events at the National Athletic Stadium.”
“I am delighted to be here for this special occasion to hand over this False Start System to the Ministry of Sports and to the Government of Grenada. This is a world class equipment for this kind of facility and I do believe that in this Class 1 Stadium we deserve to have this system,” said Ambassador Ou.
“I hope this system would be used not only for Grenada Invitational but for many other events and I do believe that people will benefit from this presentation.”
“Grenada applauds and look forward to the continued relationship. This partnership between Grenada and China is priceless and it means a lot for us as a country and Ambassador on behalf of the Ministry and the Government of Grenada we thank you,” said Senator Moses.
Also attending the presentation were Raphael Croney of the Ministry of Sports, Aaron Moses of the Grenada Athletic Association and Kerlon Peters and Michael Bascombe representing Grenada Invitational.
The Grenada Invitational has attracted some of the top regional and international track and field stars including Grenadians Kirani James and Kurt Felix; Americans Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt; Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell of Jamaica and the evergreen Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis who has announced that this will be his final season in competition.
Collins will celebrate his 41st birthday in Grenada.