Grange to give update on Bolt statue

June 13, 2017
Sports minister Olivia Grange says this image, which is making the rounds on the Internet, is not that of Usain Bolt.

Amid an Internet firestorm of controversy surrounding a statue, said to be that of Usain Bolt, Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange is set to update the nation on the progress being made on the showpiece.

Grange has already dismissed as 'false news', an image being circulated on social media.

"Don't be fooled by false reporting. Watch this space for the real statue of the legend," Grange said on Twitter.

Grange's update, which will be made during a briefing on Friday at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, follows the Marcus Garvey bust controversy at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, campus.

Raymond Watson, sculptor of the Marcus Mosiah Garvey bust at the UWI, has been in the spotlight over the past few weeks because of his statue of the national hero. Persons have been arguing that Watson's work has not done justice to Garvey's image.

In the case of Bolt, social media users said that the image being circulated looks more like national hero Sam Sharpe. 

The statue, commissioned by the Jamaican Government, is said to be ready for unveiling in August. The Minister is expected to follow up on her tweet about the sculpture in Friday's briefing. 

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