Sun | Mar 18, 2018

Give Bolt statue, hero status

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Usain St Leo Bolt has delivered once again! He did it in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012, and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Nine Olympic gold medals!

Undoubtedly, he was the most popular athlete in Rio. He enters and leaves the stadium to tumultuous applause.

Bolt has qualified to become Jamaica's ninth national hero. But will the honour be bestowed on him in his lifetime?

As a start, a statue must be commissioned to be erected at the National Stadium to replace the one of the unknown athlete there, and he should be inducted into the Order of National Hero thereafter. When Hasely Joachim Crawford won the 100m Olympic gold medal in 1976 in Montreal, Canada, defeating Donald Quarrie, the national stadium was renamed after him in 2001.

I trust the Holness administration will do the right thing and confer these honours on him while he is yet alive and can appreciate them.

Without a doubt, he is the most popular Jamaican of all time, surpassing Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Robert Nesta Marley.

Congratulations to Team Jamaica on a splendid, record-breaking performance!