Friday, 28 August 2009

SPORTS CULTURE: PM Bruce Golding salutes Ja's Berlin stars

FANTASTIC FIVE: Jamaica's Men 4x100m winners (L-R) Usain Bolt, Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Steve Mullings pose with the World Champs mascot, Berlino, in Berlin last week.

"The performance of our athletes at the Berlin games and the victories they have brought to our country almost on a daily basis, confirm that this country is destined for greatness. We are blessed, our people are blessed and we now need to translate this energy, this determination, discipline and drive, into all spheres of our lives."

This is the message that Prime Minister Bruce Golding sent to Jamaica’s athletes, in response to their brilliant and exceptional performance at the Berlin Games in Germany recently.

In his congratulatory message to Jamaica’s gold medallists of the 4 x 100m Men and Women relay teams, Mr. Golding said the athletes have outdone themselves, bringing with them a nation that is bursting with pride and joy beyond words. "The entire Caribbean is brimming with joy today and the rest of the world is celebrating Jamaica’s victories," he said.

Mr. Golding paid a special tribute to Asafa Powell for his outstanding performance despite his injuries. "This demonstrates his selflessness and love for country. What more could anyone ask? We are indebted to you Asafa as we are to the entire team representing this country in Berlin at this time. We anxiously await the return of all members because without a doubt, despite the challenges we are going through at this time, this grateful nation will have to find tangible ways to express its thanks to all members of the Berlin team", the prime minister added.

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