Sports complex named after Usain Bolt in Barbados Sparks Outrage

According to Irie FM, the 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 in Barbados after Jamaican Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt.

Eyebrows have been raised in some circles that the complex will not be named after Barbadian athletes such as Olympic bronze medallist Obadale Thompson, fellow Olympian Jim Wedderburn or other distinguished ‘Bajan’ sports personalities.

Bolt who has a stadium named after him at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica, and who holds three world records did not immediately comment on this latest development. 

Sir Hilary backed the designation of the new Usain Bolt Sports complex and stressed the decision was not one designed to marginalize 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.

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Source: Irie FM

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