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Bolt invites Hanna, Weir and Chris Martin to take ice bath challenge

Published:Sunday | August 17, 2014 | 2:54 PM
Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt - File

Olympic and world record holder Usain Bolt has issued an ice-bath challenge to Jamaica’s Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna and recording artiste, Christopher Martin.

The challenge was conceptualised to help bring awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is the slow death of the spinal cord and brain, leading to muscle twitching, thickness of speech, loss of cognition and motor skills.

Dubbed the Strike Out ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it involves dumping a bucket of ice-cold water on one’s head and then nominating friends to do the same.

Global celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have participated.

Bolt posted of video of himself on Instagram today, showing him undertaking the challenge he accepted from friends, including Asafa Powell.

And he fired back one to Martin, Hanna, who is a former Miss World, and Warren Weir, telling them they have 24 hours.

If they fail to take the challenge, they have to donate US$100 to charity.

Last week, US president Barrack Obama declined an invitation, opting to make a financial donation, instead.

The challenge has reportedly helped raise US$5.5 million for the United States' ALS association since July 29.

The ice bucket challenge started in July through attempts by Pete Frates, who suffers from ALS, and his family to bring awareness to the disease.


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