Sagicor says protocols were “rigorously followed” for its Sigma Run

A drone shot of the Sigma Run 2021 start line showing participants in the run, socially distant. (Photo: Leo Hudson)

Amid much uproar, Sagicor Group says it went through a “rigorous approval process” to have a pared down version of its annual Sigma Corporate Run held in Kingston yesterday.

The company, in a statement shared to its website, said getting permission for the mostly-virtual event required it going through the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport with a proposal that received the go-ahead based on the coronavirus protocols presented.

Additionally, the financial institution noted the authorisation process also included getting the green light from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management; Jamaica Constabulary Force; National Works Agency; the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation and the Ministry of Health.

“All protocols were rigorously followed under the supervision of the relevant authorities who were present to ensure compliance. It is our hope that this execution can act as a template for future sporting events in Jamaica,” noted Sagicor.

Sagicor stated that the hybrid event only had 91 invited participants who were split into three races and ran in their “own private spaces”.

Online furore glossed over much of the success of the event, which raised $42 million for its beneficiaries –the Annotto Bay Hospital and Port Antonio Hospital – as many questioned its staging, particularly amid the growing coronavirus crisis on the island, and the halt placed on the entertainment and sporting industries.