Olivia Grange, minister of sport, announced yesterday that a statue in honor of Jamaica’s leading female sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is now on the island. It will be launched this month at Statue Park in Kingston.
Minister Grange made the announcement at the launch function for the 2018 National Junior and Senior Championships scheduled for the National Stadium from June 21 to 24.
“The statue will be unveiled at the end of this track and field season, but in the meantime the maquette will be unveiled by the end of this month. Shelly-Ann has seen the maquette and is quite pleased with it,” Grange told the audience at the Pegasus where the launch took place. The statue will be erected close to that of Usain Bolt in Statue Park.
Saying that she brought even more “goodies”, the sport minister announced also that she had received approval from Cabinet for the installation of a new running track at Stadium East. The installation of the new track will also be at the end of the season.
Another announcement yesterday by Grange was that under the Technical Cooperation Agreement on Sport between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China, 137 athletes would be leaving for China for two months at the end of June. “Athletes in seven sporting disciplines – swimming; artistic swimming, football for females; volleyball for females; basketball for females; gymnastics; and badminton. Each team will have a coach and a sports officer and they will return to Jamaica with equipment for their sports, donated by China.” [. . .]