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Unveiling of Bolt statue postponed

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 1:40 PM
File The statue of Jamaican track legend Usain Bolt sculpted by Basil Watson.
Sports Minister Olivia Grange with a maquette of Usain Bolt statue at the Spanish Court Hotel in June.

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced the rescheduling of the unveiling of the statue of the world’s greatest athlete, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.

The statue was due to be unveiled on Friday, 13 October 2017 at the National Stadium.  However, in light of the weather forecast for showers and thunderstorms and the fact that some guests have been affected by hurricanes this season and are unable to travel to Jamaica at this time, it was decided, in consultation with Usain Bolt’s management team, to reschedule this major outdoor activity.

The reception in honour of Jamaica’s track and field athletes who went to this year’s World Championships, which was due to take place immediately following the unveiling of the statue has also been rescheduled.

The new date for both activities is Sunday, 3 December 2017.

Bolt's statue was designed by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson. 

Watson has also been commissioned to create statues of three other Jamaican sports stars, Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell.