Jamaica is gearing up for an October celebration to honor its top athletes, including the world`s fastest man, Usain Bolt.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, said this week that the Bruce Golding government will host a series of events dubbed, `The Berlin Salute, – a Tribute to our Athletes` from October 2 to 4.
On October 2, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will host a `Golden Reception` at Jamaica House, under the patronage of Prime Minister, Bruce Golding and First Lady, Mrs. Golding.
On Saturday, October 3, a Thanksgiving Service for the athletes will be held at the Portmore Seventh Day Adventist Church, in St. Catherine. Then, on Sunday, October 4, there will be a western celebration fun day and party at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.
Jamaican athletes were extremely successful at the World Games, winning a total of 13 medals, including seven gold, four silver and 2 bronze, and placing second behind the United States in the medal haul.
Bolt was the highlight of the meet, breaking his own world records in the 100 meters, by clocking 9.58 seconds, and in the 200 meters, in a time of 19.19 seconds. He also won a third gold medal in the Men`s 4 x 100 meters relay.
Bolt is also set to have a highway renamed in his honor and be named an honorary ambassador.