KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says she is certain Jamaica’s success on the track is linked to food intake and genetic make-up.
Speaking during the launch of the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan (JAIP) inside the executive building lobby at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday, she said fellow heads of states generally ask one question.
“We [Jamaica] have indeed a long and distinguished local and international sporting history. When I visit countries and in the meetings we are having, one of the first questions would be ‘what is it that causes your athletes to run so fast?’
“I say to them perhaps it is in our water, I know it is in our food, and I have a firm belief it is in our genes. You can’t beat a Jamaican, running or in music, we are always there,” she said to many nods of approval from those in attendance.
The country has a rich history in international track events going back several decades. In recent years however, Jamaica’s dominance in sprint events has been almost absolute in both the men’s and women’s categories.