|Published : 15 Oct 2016, 18:31:19|
Jamaica to honour Bolt with statue in National Stadium
Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt will be honoured with a statue alongside three Olympic champion teammates in a park outside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
Bolt, along with Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, will join other famous Jamaicans who have been immortalised in the park, including singer Bob Marley and top athlete Merlene Ottey, reports RT.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport commissioned the production of the statues, in honour of the stars’ outstanding contribution to the development of Jamaican athletics.
Leading Jamaican artist and sculptor Basil Watson, who has previously sculpted a statue for sports icon Herb McKenley, has been given the task to create the new monuments.
They will be mounted at the National Stadium Statue Park as part of a wider planned redevelopment of the area, which includes the National Sport Museum.
Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, confirmed the first two statues – Bolt and Fraser-Pryce – will be ready in time for the Jamaica 55 Independence celebrations in 2017.
Campbell-Brown and Powell's statues will be completed for the following year.
The announcement was made ahead of celebrations to honour Jamaica's Rio 2016 medallists which take place from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16.
Bolt's statue is recognition for his dominance of the sprinting scene over the last decade. - IH