Bolt handed diplomatic passport by Jamaica`s PM
Triple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt received a diplomatic passport from Jamaica`s Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
Kingston: Triple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt received a diplomatic passport from Jamaica`s Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The 23-year-old received the document, which allows him to travel overseas as an ambassador-at-large, during a brief ceremony at Golding`s Jamaica House office.
"This is a big thing for me and I will try to do my best and will live up to your expectations," Bolt told Golding after accepting the document.
Golding praised Bolt as a role model who can continue to make Jamaica proud.
"We have a great athlete, a great icon, someone who can help to strengthen Jamaica`s image right across the globe," Golding said.
The Prime Minister said the presentation of the diplomatic passport was not an award but a way of asking Bolt to help promote Jamaica`s image overseas.
"We want the world never to forget for one moment that he is Jamaican to the bone and he has so strengthened our image and is such a powerful symbol of what Jamaicans can become," he said.
"We are asking him in his travels, whatever he does and wherever he goes, that he be Jamaica`s ambassador and continues to bring glory to the country and makes sure that everyone understands that respect is due," Golding added.