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Unease in Barbados over decision to name Cave Hill sports complex after Usain Bolt

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 3:58 PM
Bolt... double World record holder

Controversy is brewing in Barbados over a decision to name a sports complex in that country after Jamaica’s global sports star, Usain Bolt.

A new facility at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, UWI, is to be named the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.

According to the Barbados Nation newspaper, "eyebrows have been raised in some circles that the complex will not be named after an athlete such as Barbados’ Olympic bronze medallist Obadale Thompson, fellow Olympian Jim Wedderburn or other distinguished Barbadian sports personalities."

The newspaper says principal of UWI, Cave Hill, Sir Hilary Beckles, has defended the decision, saying it's not an attempt to marginalise any Barbadian sports person but a "move that celebrated all West Indians.

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Meanwhile, Sir Hilary reportedly said "a debate over Barbadian, Jamaican or Trinidadian" should not enter the equation since the university was a West Indies facility and not solely Barbadian.

The UWI Mona Campus, based in Jamaica, has a facility named after Sir Frank Worrell, who is Barbadian.

Sir Frank, a late former West Indies cricketer was also appointed to the Jamaican Senate by then Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustmante.

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