Government leaders say they fully support the Cayman Invitational but it remains unclear exactly how much money the event will receive from the public purse.
Speaking at the 5 April press conference ahead of the competition, Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden said his Ministry is in line to fund the Invite with $50,000.
Tourism Minister Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, however, said there’s no confirmed total amount coming from the Government coffers.
“Over $100,000 at this point if you want a monetary value,” Mr. Kirkconnell said. “But we are prepared to give human capital. We’re prepared to give expertise. We have a lot of tools in our toolbox that we want to make this extremely successful. We have Cayman Airways. We have the Department of Tourism and we have the Ministry. So we’ve committed to this event.”
Meeting Director Cydonie Mothersill said that ESPN plans to broadcast the meet, a first for the Cayman Invitational. It was announced at the press conference Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will run the 100-metre dash, which would significantly increase the appeal for an international television broadcast.
“We believe that it’s an opportunity to get worldwide recognition for Cayman and to really showcase what this destination can be from the standpoint of sports tourism,” Mr. Kirkconnell said.