The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) – the governing body for athletics worldwide – has donated $100,000 to the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA).
The funds were donated for the rebuilding of the AO Shirley Recreational Grounds, which was ravaged during the 2017 hurricanes.
The IAAF had pledged to give the BVIAA the grant back in January at a North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association meeting held in Puerto Rico.
BVIAA President Steve Augustine used the meeting to outline the sporting needs of the territory that arose from the disasters.
In responding to the plight, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said: “We know this [grant] is not enough but hope it will at least get the member federations affected back up and running,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
“We will continue to seek further funds and work with the region to ensure athletes’ training is as uninterrupted as possible,” he added.
Augustine, in the meantime, said the $100,000 grant will “go a long way” in helping repair the BVI’s sporting facilities.
“With the provision of this funding alongside the continued voluntary works of our track family, I am certain that our facility will regain and surpass the functionality it once had,” the BVIAA president said.
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