KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has called for the establishment of a formal relationship between all the domino organisations in the country.
Grange who was addressing the launch of the Dragon Stout World Domino Championship at Gee Wee Car Park in St Andrew last night suggested that there should be “some form of alliance between all the domino entities in the country.”
Grange said that as it stands the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) which falls under her ministry gives official support to the National Association of Domino Bodies (NADB).
She said the NADB was running a “wonderful programme” in which dominoes was not only being played as a sport but was being used as an educational tool.
Grange said they saw the game as being able even to awaken social awareness, improve morals and boost community pride and the NADB was using it to also improve the self-esteem among youngsters.
“So dominoes is doing much more for us these days than just being the traditional sport but more hands are needed on deck and this is one good example of why there should be this meeting of the minds and working together by the domino entities, all of them.”
“May I remind us that unity is strength and the stronger we are the more progress we are likely to make.”
Remarking on Jamaica's affinity for the dominoes, the sport minister said, “If we in Jamaica are not the most ardent domino players in the world, then we are close to it.” She reminded her audience that as minister she had declared dominoes a national sport in 2010 and that Jamaica supports the call for dominoes to be elevated to status of an Olympic sport.