Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says that Jamaicans should feel privileged to have seen sprint legend Usain Bolt compete.Grange was speaking at the launch of the JN Racers Grand Prix, and hailed Bolt for continually achieving excellence on behalf of the country. She described him as someone who is a superstar but also very humble, adding that he should be respected for succeeding every time he competed.”We have said it many times. He’s extraordinary, he’s wonderful, he’s funny, he’s truly amazing,” Grange said. “But I’m not sure that we quite understand yet what a privilege it is for us to live in the time of Usain Bolt. In a way, he has spoilt us – not only Jamaicans, but he has spoilt the entire world! He represents tremendous talent, hard work and he knows how to have fun.”STATUE THIS SUMMERGrange also reminded the audience that Bolt will be honoured at Statue Park at the National Stadium this summer with an eight-foot statue to be made by local sculptor Basil Watson.”We are on schedule to complete this statue by Independence and to have the mounting coincide with Bolt’s final World Championships in London,” Grange said. “It will be spoken about and studied by athletes for generations to come. I’m determined that Jamaica will do its part in memorialising and celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime athlete, and there are more things to come.”The minister said that although this is only the second staging of the meet, she is expecting it to be a “highly anticipated event”.”(This is) particularly because the country’s greatest athletics son – the world’s greatest athlete, Usain Bolt – will compete for us one last time on home soil. Is that so?” Grange said while jokingly suggesting to Bolt that she wants him to reconsider retirement.- R.P.
NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena is going to be missing a lot when the PBA unfurls its 44th season on Sunday.Not only will Ravena be missing the opening festivities for the first time since joining the league, he will also won’t be able to share the floor his girlfriend Alyssa Valdez, who will be parading as muse for the NLEX Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippine Arena will host the PBA’s first game day this season.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ More S. Korean skaters come forward with sexual abuse allegations Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ravena almost a year into his 18-month Fiba-mandated suspension for testing positive for banned substances in February 2018 following Gilas Pilipinas’ win over Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.His ban, which extended to his club team duties, will end on August 24, 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Missing this year’s PBA opening especially with Alyssa Valdez as our muse. I’ll be back out there in no time,” said Ravena in a tweet.Missing this year’s #PBAOpening especially with @AlyssaValdez2 as our muse. Ill be back out there in no time 🙏🏽💪🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) January 9, 2019Instead, his longtime sweetheart and volleyball superstar Valdez will be walking with the Road Warriors, who are eyeing their first finals appearance this year, in the opener.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View comments