Thursday, 24 September 2009

NEWS BRIEF: J'can gov't to salute Berlin stars

KINGS OF SPEED: Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt slow down to enjoy time off the track

In honour of our track-blazing athletes who participated in the recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Berlin, Germany, the Government of Jamaica is to host a series of events dubbed 'The Berlin Salute' from October 2 to 4.

"On the 2nd of October, in honor of our fantastic athletes, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will host what we call the 'Golden Reception' at Jamaica House and this is being done under the patronage of Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding and Mrs. Golding," Culture and sports minister, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has revealed.

On Saturday, October 3, a Thanksgiving Service for the athletes will be held at the Portmore Seventh Day Adventist Church in St. Catherine. On Sunday, October 4, a western celebration fun day and party will be staged at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

The Jamaican athletes, led by double record holder Usain Bolt, dominated the track at the championships, winning a total of 13 medals, including seven gold, four silver and two bronze, and placing second behind the United States in the overall medal tally.