SUBJECT TO APPROVAL Ahead of Jamaica’s 55th Independence celebrations next year, Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has revealed that statues of decorated Olympians Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be commissioned as part of the National Stadium Statue Park’s development plans. According to Grange, a total of four statues will be commissioned. The others are for former men’s 100m record holder Asafa Powell and multiple Olympic medallist, Veronica Campbell-Brown. “The ministry will commission four statues over the next two years for the following athletes – Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell,” said Grange. “The first two statues of Usain and Shelly-Ann will be completed in time for the Jamaica 55 Independence celebrations next year and the other two statues of Veronica Cambell-Brown and Asafa Powell for the following year,” she continued. Grange was speaking during a programme of celebration for Rio Olympians and Paralympians, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, yesterday, adding the statues will be of the athletes’ liking. “Of course, the images will be subject to the approval of each athlete and the sculptor who is commissioned to do the work is the same sculptor who did the work for the Herb McKenley statue,” she pointed out of Basil Watson. The development plan for Independence Stadium Complex, which will include the national sports museum, according to Grange, will be done on a phased basis over a period of two years. “There are other plans that are in the works, but at this time I will hold those announcements for the future,” informed Grange. “I will emphasise that what we are doing is not just about celebrating the achievements of our athletes by having a big party, but we also will ensure that we have legacy projects that will be a lasting tribute to their achievements,” Grange stressed. She was speaking in reference to the Heroes weekend celebrations (October 14-16) for Olympians and Paralympians from the Rio Games, recently .
Vukojevic posted the video after Croatia beat Russia on penalties in the quarter-finals.Vida escaped with a warning from FIFA and is expected to be part of Croatia’s team to face England in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.He used to play for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev and Vukojevic also played for Dynamo and now works for them as a scout.FIFA said Tuesday it was “looking into” another video of Vida apparently making political statements, including “Glory to Ukraine”.The phrase was a famous rallying cry of the former Soviet republic’s pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014.The EU-backed uprising was followed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and the outbreak of a Kremlin-backed separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.While many in Ukraine compared the phrase to neutral slogans such as “Vive la France”, some say it has distinct anti-Kremlin connotations.The action against Vukojevic sparked Ukrainian anger towards FIFA as well as a wave of support for Vida and Vukojevic.“We decided to compensate Vukojevic from our personal funds for the fine that he will have to pay,” Ukraine football federation chief Andriy Pavelko wrote on Facebook.“In addition, we are ready to consider the options for cooperation of FFU with such a high-class specialist,” Pavelko said, in a post that included a picture of himself in a Croatia jersey.– ‘Offended millions of fans’ –Ukraine’s foreign ministry slammed FIFA’s “unprofessional actions”.“Not only did they take the wrong decision about the Croatia players, they also offended millions of fans from Ukraine, Croatia and other countries,” Oleksiy Makeev, the foreign ministry’s political director, told AFP.He slammed FIFA for turning a blind eye to Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine and Syria conflicts.Around 160,000 angry internet users, mainly Ukrainians, gave the FIFA official Facebook page a one-star review and wrote comments such as “Glory to Ukraine!” or “Shame to FIFA!”On Tuesday, a small protest took place in front of the Croatian embassy in Ukraine’s capital Kiev in a show of support, AFP journalists saw.A group of around 15 people chanted “Glory to Ukraine” and held Croatian flags and placards praising Vukojevic and Vida.On Sunday, Ukraine’s football governing body also sent a letter to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino saying that “Glory to Ukraine!… is not a discriminatory or far-right sign or symbol”.It “should not be interpreted as an act of aggression or provocation,” the body said.In the video, Vukojevic also said: “This victory is for Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine! Croatia onwards!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia defender Domagoj Vida said the “Glory to Ukraine” video was a joke © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVKIEV, Ukraine, Jul 10 – Ukraine’s football federation said Tuesday it had offered a job to former Croatia international Ognjen Vukojevic and would pay his fine following an uproar over a pro-Ukraine clip he posted during the World Cup.The Croatian football association stripped Vukojevic of his role as an assistant in the team’s delegation in Russia and FIFA fined him $15,000 over an Instagram video featuring him and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, who shouted “Glory to Ukraine!”
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