Jamaican sprint star Asafa Powell's Statue unveiled

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (right) and the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (2nd left) share a light moment with Jamaican sprinter, Asafa Powell (2nd right) after the unveiling of a statue in the athlete’s honour in Statue Park at the National Stadium. Sharing the moment is the sculptor, Basil Watson. (Photo contributed)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says sprinter Asafa Powell became “one of Jamaica’s greatest athletes” because of “a critical eye, care and support” of his coach, family and community.
Grange was speaking at the unveiling of the statue in tribute to Powell on Sunday at the National Stadium.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness unveiled the statue during a special ceremony.

Grange said Asafa Powell’s outstanding career showed, “how consistent, determined and strategic support can trigger success of immeasurable proportions”.

The minister praised Powell’s parents — William and Cislyn — as well as coach Stephen Francis who discovered Asafa after he finished seventh in his final race at Boys and Girls Champs.

“Incredibly, with his coming seventh, Stephen Francis… saw his talent and began to work with him.  This inauspicious intervention has led to the creation of one of Jamaica’s greatest athletes,” Grange said.

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