The one key assist that was needed by the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, SKNAAA, to accomplish its task was a suitable stadium in which to host the three days of competition amongst the finest junior athletes throughout the Caribbean.
Providing the financial support for the stadium was Taiwan and five years after the facility was opened, the current President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-Jeou was able to take to the tracks to enjoy the first class training facilities, along with a team of national athletes, some of whom are now on their way to represent the country at the upcoming Pan AM Championships.
At approximately 7:15am on Monday morning (19th August, 2013), Ma Ying-Jeou and his entourage led officials from the St. Kitts & Nevis Olympic Committee, the St. Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, the Department of Sports and Ministers of Government in a five (5) lap jog around the track at the Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium.
National Coach Timothy Morton lead the warm up session before the exercises began. His Excellency Ma Ying-Jeou, was accompanied on his jog by members of his entourage, along with Ministers Liburd and Phillip, Permanent Secretary Rattan, SKNOC President Alphonso Bridgewater, Ambassador Huggins, National athletes from the Pan Am Junior and the CAC Age Group Teams.
At the end of his jog, His Excellency Ma did a gift exchange with Vice President Lester Hanley of the St. Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletic Association. Vice President Hanley gave His Excellency Ma a red Team St. Kitts & Nevis Adidas Functional Tee Shirt. His Excellency Ma Ying-Jeou in exchange gave Vice President Hanley a blue Functional Tee Shirt. The shirt from His Excellency Ma read “Friendship Forever” and had two (2) shields representing the flags of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China on Taiwan.
The president also briefly addressed those gathered for the occasion and took questions from members of the local and travelling media.
Ma was in St. Kitts for a two day official visit that culminated on Monday afternoon