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Bolt to get two statues, not one, reveals Minister Grange

Monday, September 04, 2017

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Jamaica's living legend Usain Bolt will be honoured with two statues and not one as previously announced.

The Minister of Sports Olivia Grange made the announcement recently at the launch of the JN Foundation “Heroes in Action” Fun Run/Walk.

The third staging of the run/walk, of which the Usain Bolt Foundation is a major part, will take place during Heroes' weekend. The Usain Bolt statue, which is one of the legacy projects for Jamaica 55, will be also be unveiled that very weekend.

Grange explained why it is that the first Usain Bolt statue will be unveiled during Heroes' weekend.

“Traditionally, when we celebrate the athletes' achievements, over the last few years, we usually plan the event for Heritage Week, and in consultation with Usain Bolt's management we came to the understanding that he will be available for that weekend. There is the JN Run on the Sunday so we have decided that we will be doing the unveiling on the Friday at Statue Park at the National Stadium.”

She also made it known that a second statue will be erected in honour of the great man, hinting that it could be in the parish of his birth, Trelawny.

“There are plans to do another statue, a replica of the one that will be in Statue Park, that will be mounted in another location in western Jamaica. I will announce the location at a later date.”

Other plans for the development of sports in the parish of Trelawny were also revealed.

“We have reached design stage for the development of the Trelwany multi-purpose stadium, we have worked out a marketing plan and we are meeting with the Planning Institute of Jamaica very soon to fine-tune certain aspects of the development. It will be at the centre of sports tourism. We will include in that development a running track and an indoor arena and, of course, a cricket academy.

“It's a major, major development, and it will be at the centre of sports tourism,” she reiterated.

Activity at the stadium is expected to begin soon as Sri Lanka has already requested use of the facility.

“The Sri Lanka cricket team will be coming in to do their practice matches very soon and we have other events that we will be announcing for that facility. Over a five-year period, the Trelawny Stadium will become the centre of sports tourism in Jamaica,” Minister Grange explained.

Grange also took time out to commend the West Indies cricket team on the recent victory over England in the second Test match at Headingley and encouraged the team to continue to demonstrate the fighting spirit that gained them victory.

“I am very, very happy to see that they have demonstrated that fighting spirit, and I want them to continue to demonstrate that spirit going forward so that we can again be very, very proud of West Indies cricket team.”

The win saw the West Indies level the three-match Test Series with the final Test to be played at Lord's starting this Thursday.

— Dwayne Richards

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