KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will unveil the statue of Asafa Powell here on Sunday, 9 Feb.
In January, the maquette received the all-clear from Olympian Powell and his wife, Alyshia, for it to be erected a monument in his honour at Independence Park at the National Stadium.
The Powells remarked that the sculptor got the details “just right.”
Powell, the former world 100m record holder at 9.77secs, will see his statue taking its place beside several other track and field stars.
The bronze statue — to the scale of one and quarter life-size — is the last of four monuments in tribute to outstanding Jamaican sports stars that have been commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.
The renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues in honour of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell.
Minister Grange said: “This is the final of four statues that we commissioned as part of the Jamaica 55 Legacy programme to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding athletes. The statues not only highlight Jamaican athletic success but will serve as inspiration for all of us about what is possible when we try. So I invite as many people as possible to join us on Sunday and celebrate with Asafa.”
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