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Bolt handed diplomatic passport by Jamaica`s PM

Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2009 - 13:31

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, November 13, 2009 - 13:31

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