Asafa, Mrs Powell say statue design is just right

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (left) and Olympic sprinter, Asafa Powell look on as the sprinter's wife, Alyshia, discusses the details in the maquette of the monument to be erected at the National Stadium in tribute to the runner. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (left) and Olympic sprinter, Asafa Powell look on as the sprinter's wife, Alyshia, discusses the details in the maquette of the monument to be erected at the National Stadium in tribute to the runner. MCGES/Andre Grange

Kingston, 16 January 2020 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has received the all clear from the Jamaican Olympian Asafa Powell to move forward with plans to erect a monument in his honour at Independence Park at the National Stadium.

The sprinter and his wife, Alyshia, signed off on the maquette during a recent call on Minister Grange.

The Powells remarked that the sculptor got the details “just right.”

Minister Grange said the “sign-off by Asafa is an extremely important part of the process” which has included months of discussions and review of models between the sculptor, Basil Watson, and the athlete.

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (right) shares a light moment with Olympic sprinter, Asafa Powell, as they admire the maquette of the monument to be erected at the National Stadium in tribute to the runner.

Having received the all clear, Minister Grange says she will now move ahead with the unveiling of the statue at the National Stadium on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 4:00pm.

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 under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

The statues of Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce and Veronica Campbell Brown have been completed and installed.

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