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Government making arrangements to assist Kemoy Campbell - Grange ... JOA offers support

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 8:36 PM

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport today added their voices to the chorus of Jamaicans offering support for Jamaican athlete Kemoy Campbell.

In a release Tuesday, Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange stated that she has reached out to the family of the athlete and has been making arrangements to assist with his medical care. 

Campbell, Jamaica's leading male distance athlete, collapsed last Saturday, while competing at the Millrose Games in New York. The 28 year-old Olympian, who was on pacing duties collapsed after completing five laps in the 3000 metre event. Early reports stated that Campbell was placed in a drug-induced coma at the Presbyterian Columbia Medical Centre. He has since regained consciousness and is said to be in a stable condition

“We have been in discussions about what he requires now and we are committed to doing what is necessary to see that he gets the best care and achieves a full recovery”, Grange stated.

The release further stated that Campbell was registered with the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Programme and would be able to access the benefits of the scheme. The minister has also instructed the Sports Development Foundation to look into assisting with the athlete's immediate needs.

Meanwhile, Christopher Samuda, President of the JOA expressed that he was relieved at news that Campbell had regained consciousness.  

“Kemoy’s race is unfinished, and we await its completion. This mortal life is never certain but we are assured that with constant prayer, healing will come in the morning”, Samuda said.

Matt O’Toole, President of sportswear company Reebok, which Campbell endorses, also announced that the company would donate US$50,000 ($6.7 million) to his recovery efforts. 

Campbell's family has established a GoFundMe account to assist with his medical expenses. They are hoping to raise US$200,000 ($27 million). At 8:24 p.m. on Tuesday, they had raised US$40,000 ($5.4 million). Persons can make donations by searching for 'Kemoy Campbell Support Fund' on www.gofundme.com.

- Maurice Silvera