Tuesday, 22 September 2009
NEWS BRIEF: OJ, ambassadorship among honours for Usain Bolt
World sprint record holder, Usain Bolt, will be inducted into the Society of the Order of Jamaica. This was announced by Prime Minister Bruce Golding during a recent sitting of Parliament.
“When so conferred he will, at 23 years, be the youngest ever recipient of the Order of Jamaica and will be referred to as the Honourable Usain Bolt. Cabinet yesterday approved the appointment of Mr. Bolt as Ambassador-at-Large and he will be afforded full diplomatic status” explained Golding. The Prime Minister also said that government will rename Highway 2000 The Usain Bolt Highway in honour of ‘this extraordinary, gifted son of Jamaica’.
Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson-Miller concurred with the decision by the government for the World Champion to be granted full diplomatic status as he is an inspiration to the children of the world. The Prime Minister announced that the government is determined to build up the achievements of the athletes by using a strategy designed around two critical objectives.
“We will provide the infrastructural and institutional support to enhance the performance of our athletes that will enable many more Jamaicans to become world class athletes and to fully exploit the multi-faceted benefits that can be derived from our recognized status as a country of athletic prowess.”
Golding added that the Ministries of Youth, Sports & Culture; Industry, Investment & Commerce and Tourism as well as their related agencies are collaborating in the development of the strategy. He said additional details will be provided in due course.