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Protecting Bolt

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Like the vast majority of Jamaicans and, we believe, most of the rest of the world, this newspaper is happy that Usain Bolt was not seriously injured in his weekend car crash. Bolt's sublime talent, his charisma and natural infectiousness give pleasure to billions of people globally.

But, for Jamaicans, Bolt, on the track, transcends himself. He becomes a repository of the aspirations of a nation. In that regard, while Jamaicans are concerned about the safety and health of Usain Bolt, the individual, we are also heavily invested in the well-being of Usain Bolt, the Jamaican superstar athlete.

Unsurprisingly, therefore, Jamaicans are concerned that Bolt has had at least two vehicle collisions in the last three years. In both cases, he sustained, fortunately, only minor injuries.

In each case, he was driving a powerful, top-of-the-line sports car. We have no specific information on the causes of these collisions and impute none.

It may not be unreasonable, however, for Bolt himself, his handlers, his sponsors and his family to engage a full review of the types of vehicle he drives and the kinds he ought to drive - perhaps SUVs. This is for the protection, safety and well-being of Usain Bolt.

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