'Honoured and humbled' - Bolt moved as his statue is finally unveiled
Retired Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt believes that Jamaica's track and field remains in good hands, but he said the island's athletes must work hard and stay focused in order to achieve their goals.
Bolt, a triple Olympic gold medallist, retired from athletics after competing at the IAAF World Championships in London, England, in August.
The sprinter told Star Sports that despite his retirement from the sport, he will be actively involved in helping to assist not only Jamaican athletes but also athletes from across the world in developing their talents.
"We don't have to worry about Jamaica's track and field," said Bolt.
"I think that if the youngsters want it and if they are hungry, then they will do well," he said.
"It's all about hard work and determination because they have to have the determination and will to become champions," Bolt said.
"For me, I am always going to try and motivate the youngsters and help get them disciplined," said the sprinting legend. "I will still play a big role in track and field all over the world and not just in Jamaica."
Bolt was speaking at the unveiling of a statue of himself at the National Stadium yesterday evening.
The sprinter heaped praise on sculptor Basil Watson and noted that he was very humbled by the recognition.
"I feel very good and I am very honoured because I never thought it would ever happen to me and it's a good feeling," said Bolt.
Yesterday's ceremony was attended by a number of luminaries, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Sports Minister Olivia Grange and Watson.
Victory Lopez, president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Association of Athletics, along with President of the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association, Dr Warren Blake, also paid tribute to Bolt during yesterday's ceremony.