Reuters reports today that Jamaica will grant diplomatic privileges to triple Olympic and world champion sprinter Usain Bolt and name a highway after him. Jmaaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding said Bolt’s extraordinary performance for Jamaica had earned him the right to be called “ambassador” with full diplomatic privileges, including a diplomatic passport. Highway 2000, linking several of the Caribbean island’s key cities, will be renamed the Usain Bolt Highway and the runner will be given Jamaica’s fourth highest national award, Golding announced in Parliament. “I have advised the governor general to confer on Mr. Bolt the Order of Jamaica for his outstanding achievements for Jamaica at the highest level of athletic competition,” Golding said.
Bolt, who smashed world records in the 100 meters in 9.58 seconds and the 200 meters in 19.19 seconds at the World Championship in Athletics in Berlin, Germany last month, returned to Jamaica on Monday after a grueling international season. At 23, he will be the youngest recipient of the Order of Jamaica
For the Reuters report go to http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE58E8C820090915