Letters to the Editor

Simply Bolt

Monday, June 11, 2012    

Print this page Email A Friend!

Dear Editor,

I can empathise with those who were stunned by the sight of Usain parading with a non-Jamaican flag, because that was my initial reaction until I realised that it was the Italian flag and the venue was Rome. I am sure it was impulsive and not planned.

Usain does not have to wear the "black, green and gold" to identify with Jamaica. To over 90 per cent of the world's population, he is Jamaica and Jamaica is him. But what that single act of his did was to win the heart of every single Italian on this planet, just as he did for every single Yankee fan in New York recently and he did for every Manchester United fan in Manchester, England.

His generosity of spirit in sharing his moment of glory with his host country was simply brilliant. By the way, did people observe whose photo adorned the countless fluttering white flags being waved before his race, no doubt by Italians? It was of none other than Usain Bolt.

Howard Hamilton

26 Duke Street






1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus


Do you think an increase in JUTC bus fares is justified at this time?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon