Jamaica to open Usain Bolt sports school 

The school aims to honour the national athlete and to give a greater use to the sports complex built in 2007 in Trelawny Parish.

Usain Bolt crosses the finish line as Jamaica wins the men's 4x100m relay final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.   -  AP

The Jamaica government is working on a project to open a sports school, named “Usain Bolt”, in a stadium located in the Jamaican star’s birth town.

The school aims to honour the national athlete and to give a greater use to the sports complex built in 2007 in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica’s Sports Minister Natalie Neita-Headley told Cuban news agency Prensa Latina.

The project is a priority for the Jamaican government and USD220,000 have been set aside to kick-start the project, according to Neita-Headley.

Jamaican authorities expect many international athletes to endorse the new sports complex’s work and to support the training of new Jamaican athletes.

The announcement about the new sports complex was made after Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller created a bipartisan committee to define Bolt’s recognition and the recognition of other medal winners in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Beijing 2015 World Championships.

Jamaica came in second in the final ranking with seven gold medals, two silver and three bronze.