Sports Complex Named After Usain Bolt In Barbados

Principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
campus, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has defended a decision to name the new
sports complex at the university in Barbados after Jamaican Olympic and world
sprint champion Usain Bolt.

Eyebrows have been raised in some circles that the complex
will not be named after Barbadian athletes such as Olympic bronze medallist
Obadale Thompson, fellow Olympian Jim Wedderburn or other distinguished ‘bajan’
sports personalities.

Sir Hilary backed the designation of the new Usain Bolt
Sports complex and stressed the decision was not one designed to marginalize
any Barbadian sports person, he said it was indeed a move that celebrated all
west Indians.
He was adamant that a debate over “Barbadian, Jamaican or
Trinidadian” should not enter the equation since the university was a West
Indies facility and not solely Barbadian.

Bolt who has a stadium named after him at the University of
the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica, and who holds three world records did
not immediately comment on this latest development.


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