Kingston, December 2, 2016 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Usain Bolt on being named the IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year for the sixth time.
Bolt was presented with the award at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday.
Minister Grange said Bolt was “most deserving of this award” following his exploits at the Olympic Games in Brazil.
“Usain continues to set records on and off the track. He has now won the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year title for a record sixth times – a most deserving award after his record setting performances at the Olympics in Rio. Congratulations Usain! We are proud of and continue to be inspired by you”
At the Rio Games in Brazil in August, Bolt completed a historic ‘three-peat’ or ‘triple-triple’ – three gold medals, in three events (100m, 200m and 4x100m) at three consecutive Olympic Games.
Minister Grange also commended Omar McLeod and Elaine Thompson on being nominated for male and female athletes of the year titles.
We Hail ‘The Big Man’ Bolt
We join with Minister of Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange in congratulating Dr. The Honourable Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ on being awarded International Athletic Federation (IAAF) ATHLETE OF THE YEAR.
This outstanding Jamaican has demonstrated that hard work, dedication, discipline and integrity will overcome all odds.
Many believed that at 6 feet 5 inches it would have been impossible for Bolt to maintain his balance and take curves to win races. He has proven the pundits to be very wrong. Bolt has nine gold medals to his credit and has won all heats and races he has competed in. It has been an illustrious career.
The recently completed tripple gold medal haul in the Rio Olympics, has cemented him in history as a legend.
See release attached from Minister Grange.
Vision Newspaper congratulates Usain Bolt, the big man, on his successes … you have been a real role model to all, especially us people of colour.
Commentary by Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie who is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.