An elevated view of a section of the University of the West Indies’ Usain Bolt Sports Complex of the Cave Hill Campus at Paradise Park. (KB) Inset: Usain Bolt, who has received an honorary doctorate from UWI, is track and field’s biggest star. (FP)
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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 after Jamaican Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt.
Eyebrows have been raised in some circles that the complex will not be named after an athlete such as Olympic bronze medallist Obadale Thompson, fellow Olympian Jim Wedderburn or other distinguished Barbadian sports personalities.
But in an interview with the WEEKEND NATION Sir Hilary backed the designation of the new Usain Bolt Sports Complex and stressed the decision was not one designed to marginalise 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. (SDB Media)
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