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Jamaican gov’t to assist ill distance runner Kemoy Campbell

By Jamaica Observer

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(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says the government will assist Jamaican distance runner, Kemoy Campbell, who collapsed during a competition in the United States on the weekend.

Campbell, who was functioning as a pacesetter in the 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York, has been hospitalised since the incident on Saturday.

Grange, in a statement a short while ago, disclosed she has reached out to the athlete’s family and management and has been “making arrangements to assist with Kemoy’s care”.

Grange said Campbell is registered with the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Programme and is able to access benefits under the scheme.

In addition, the minister said she has mandated the Sports Development Foundation to be ready to assist with his immediate needs.

“We continue to pray for Kemoy’s recovery and assure him and his family that Jamaica will be there for them during this time. 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,” said Grange.

The minister’s statement follows the launch of a GoFundMe campaign, which seeks to raise US$200,000 to assist with Campbell’s medical expenses.

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