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Birmingham will be welcoming the best in world athletics in 2012 prior to the Olympic Games coming to London. Jamaica and the USA, two of the strongest track and field teams and leading contenders for medals, will both be using the city as their pre-Olympic training camp.

In the Jamaica camp, for the likes of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Melanie Walker this will be important preparation as they look to defend their Olympic titles. However, its not just about Jamaica’s top athletes preparing for Olympic gold, there is also an athletics legacy programme aimed at inspiring the next generation of talent both in Birmingham and in Jamaica.

The athletes will meet with the local community, visit schools and help to inspire the people of Birmingham. Both teams have identified the excellent facilities that Birmingham has as the ideal preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Jamaican team will be training in the south of the city at the University of Birmingham.

This will be at the Munrow Sports Centre, part of the one of the country’s finest sports science and physical education units. The USA, meanwhile, will be based at Birmingham Alexander Stadium in the north of the city.

Birmingham City Council has worked in partnership with Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association to enable this to happen and the city is very proud to be welcoming these athletes.

They are sure of a warm and hospitable welcome from the people of Birmingham, in particular the large Jamaican community who, we’re sure, will make Birmingham a home from home when the athletes arrive.

Many local businesses and communities will be gearing up for the arrival of the Jamaican team, stocking up on all manner of products, cuisine and everyday items to ensure the Jamaican team get the best preparations ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

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