PM hails 'I Am Bolt'

December 09, 2016
Usain Bolt at the premiere of 'I Am Bolt' at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed 'I Am Bolt', the film documenting the life and successes of track and field icon Usain Bolt, as a big hit for Brand Jamaica.

"Usain Bolt is now Jamaica's biggest ambassador. His personality, his ability to draw people to him (and) his showmanship have really given a boost to Brand Jamaica," he said.

Holness was speaking to reporters at the Caribbean premiere of the film at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday.

Holness praised the Olympic champion and world record holder for his achievements and contributions to the sport of track and field.

"His achievements on the field, tied with his personality and being able to do this while remaining clean (of performance-enhancing drugs), puts him way above the rest, and he is truly not just a Jamaican hero, but a global hero," he said.

Holness said the Government is looking to meet with Bolt to discuss ways in which his popularity and contributions can be further leveraged in line with the push for economic growth.

I Am Bolt looks at the legacy of the fastest man alive and documents his rise to dominance, featuring interviews with his coach, manager, agent, colleagues and family.

The glitzy red-carpet premiere was attended by government officials, political and business leaders, athletes, entertainment practitioners, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as family, associates and fans of Usain Bolt.

I Am Bolt premiered at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square on November 28.

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