Legends ...Bolt statue to be alongside McKenley's
The statue of Usain Bolt has been completed and is ready to be unveiled and will be erected alongside that of another Jamaican track and field legend - Herb McKenley at Statue Park inside the National Stadium.
"When we installed Herb McKenley's statue, we had decided where we would put Usain Bolt because we had every confidence that he would be a legend, that he was going to be really special and so the way Herb McKenley's statue is positioned and where Usain's statue will be positioned as you enter the Stadium those are the two statues you will see," Olivia Grange, minister of sports, told STAR Sports yesterday.
Grange said yesterday that the maquette or miniature of the statue, which was sculpted by Jamaican Basil Watson, is in Jamaica and has been given the thumbs-up by Bolt, his coach Glen Mills, as well as manager Nugent Walker.
"They love it. The statue - with some adjustments from the maquette made, and the actual statue, which is six feet...life size is ready to be shipped to Jamaica," she said.
Grange said the planned unveiling was for August but no date had yet been decided.
"When we erect and unveil it would have to be coordinated with Usain and his availability," she said.
Bolt is due to compete in his final World Championships in London this August.