The Cayman Islands Olympic Association (CIOA) acknowledged the Government’s support for the CI Delegation at the XXXII Tokyo Olympics with a special presentation on Thursday, 12 August.
CIOA Chief Administrative Officer Shakeina Bush gave framed collectors sets of commemorative pins as tokens of appreciation to Premier, Hon. G. Wayne Panton; Deputy Premier, Hon. Chris Saunders and Minister for Sports, Hon. Bernie Bush.
The framed sets include official Cayman Islands pins and are described by Ms Bush as “a historic package, which represents all of the Olympic Games that the Cayman Islands Olympic Association and teams have been to from 2012.”
Minister Bush said: “It is an honour for us to accept these first sets of pins with the Olympic emblem on them. I am hopeful that people realise that these pins are collectors’ items. For all those that support the Olympic movement, this is a way of supporting our athletes. This is a beautiful initiative by them and I do hope that many members of the public will take advantage of it.”
Unable to attend the presentation, CIOA Secretary-General, Carson Ebanks said: “On behalf of the Cayman Islands Olympic Association, I would like to publicly express our gratitude to the Cayman Islands Government for the generous support we have received over the years. Our main responsibility is to support our athletes, elite and up and coming youngsters, in their pursuit of sports development.
“The government over the years has assisted us in many ways. They have provided us with an annual grant, waived stamp duty on the purchase of our first offices known as Olympic House, and waived duty on the Olympic uniforms, luggage and pins for our teams, so we can wear our colours with pride.”
The two commemorative pin sets are now on sale through the CIOA Offices, priced at $100 and $150 respectively. The 2020 Tokyo pin is available separately and is priced at $5.
For more details call the CIOA at 946-6984.