Saturday 16 November, 2019

Statues for Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown to be unveiled soon

The statue of
Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt was unveiled on December 3, 2017. Photo shows Bolt (second right) doing his trademark ‘to the world’ pose in front of his statue. He's joined by (from left) his coach Glen Mills, Sport Minister Olivia Grange, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The statue of Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt was unveiled on December 3, 2017. Photo shows Bolt (second right) doing his trademark ‘to the world’ pose in front of his statue. He's joined by (from left) his coach Glen Mills, Sport Minister Olivia Grange, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The statutes of two of Jamaica’s most outstanding athletes will soon be unveiled at the National Stadium according to the Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange.

Grange said the maquettes (small, preliminary model or sketch) of the statues for former record holder in the 100 metre, Asafa Powell and double Olympic champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown are now in Jamaica.

She said the maquettes will soon be unveiled, at which time two more of the country’s icons of track and field will be immortalised in bronze.

“Everybody is a critic when it comes to statues, but a statue is not a photograph but both athletes have signed off on them and that is what is important,” Grange said.

“Very soon we will be unveiling those maquettes and it will be interesting to see the responses,” the minister added.

She was speaking Thursday at the launch of the Adidas Racers Grand Prix at the Jamaica Pegasus.

Grange had announced that four athletes – Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Campbell-Brown, and Powell would have had statues erected in their honour at Statue Park at the National Stadium.

Bolt, the multiple Olympic and World Champion, was first to be honoured with an eight-foot bronze statue that was unveiled on December 3, 2017.

The statue, sculpted by Basil Watson, shows Bolt in his trademark ‘to the world’ stance.

Ten months later in October 2018, Fraser-Pryce, the World and Olympic sprint champion, was honoured with her own statue.

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