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All set for unveiling of Bolt statue

Jamaica Gleaner / All is set for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to unveil the Usain Bolt statue in Independence Park this afternoon.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange stated last Wednesday that “rain or shine, the unveiling will take place”.

“We’re all set to unveil Usain Bolt’s statue,” said Grange, who had gone to the Independence Park complex to observe work on the pedestal on which the bronze statue to the scale of one and a quarter life size will be mounted.

The statue – a lasting tribute to the world’s greatest sprinter – was due to be unveiled during Heritage Week in October, but the unveiling ceremony was postponed because of rain.

Today’s ceremony will be attended by several notable figures in local and international sports, including Victor Lopez, the president of the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association.

The sculpture was designed by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson. It is the first of four statues of national sports stars that were commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme. Watson is also working on sculptures of Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown, and Asafa Powell.

Today’s unveiling ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m.

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