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Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Henry, has assured that the Herb McKenley Stadium in Central Clarendon, would be completed shortly.
Mr. Henry informed that he had appointed former 400 metre world competitor, Sandy Richards, “to be the ambassador to advise me and co-ordinate the development of that whole stadium.”
He was speaking at the welcome reception, at the Norman Manley International Airport, on Friday, October 3, for Jamaica’s team to the Beijing Olympic Games in China in August.
He noted that the facility would have a nine-lane running track, unlike the eight-lane running track at the National Stadium. “We’ll have a fifth generation astro-turf in place,” the Transport Minister added.
Mr. Henry, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, expressed the hope that the 12,000 to 15,000 capacity stadium, would “begin to manifest the Government’s involvement, the Government’s realisation that the individualistic aspect of our athletes, which come together in a team spirit, is what we have to capture in the wider community of Jamaica.”
The stadium is named in honour of the late great Olympian, Herb McKenley, who died on November 26 last year, at age 85.
On another matter, the Minister informed that the repair of roads in the communities of the six Olympic gold medallists was underway.
“My report is that we are progressing with them all. We have different things to deal with,” he said, noting that this deed should be seen as a contribution to the athletes’ communities, “as without your community, you could not have made it this far, but equally, I hope that your community recognises that they must respect your achievements as part of their daily lives.”