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Powells give all-clear for statue

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:57 AM
Sport Minister Olivia Grange (left) shares a light moment with Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell (centre), and wife, Alyshia, as they admire the maquette of the monument to be erected at the National Stadium in tribute to the runner.
Sport Minister Olivia Grange (left) shares a light moment with Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell (centre), and wife, Alyshia, as they admire the maquette of the monument to be erected at the National Stadium in tribute to the runner.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange has received the all-clear from Olympian Asafa Powell to move forward with plans to erect a monument in his honour at Independence Park at the National Stadium.

The sprinter and his wife, Alyshia, signed off on the maquette (a small mock-up of the actual statue) during a recent call on Minister Grange.

The Powells remarked that the sculptor got the details “just right.”

Grange said that the “sign-off by Asafa is an extremely important part of the process” which has included months of discussions and review of models between the sculptor, Basil Watson, and the athlete.

Having received the go-ahead, Grange says that she will now move forward with the unveiling of the statue at the National Stadium on Sunday, February 9, at 4 p.m.

The bronze statue – to the scale of one and quarter life size – is the last of four monuments in tribute to outstanding Jamaican sports stars that have been commissioned by the Ministry of Sport under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

The statues of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell Brown, all sculpted by Watson, have been completed and installed.