Opposition spokesperson for sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has lauded sprinter Usain Bolt for winning the men’s 100 metres gold medal at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.In a statement released to the media, Grange said: “Bolt in the Bird’s Nest proved, without a doubt, that he is the greatest.”The world has witnessed once in a lifetime, once in a generation, a feat that can never be surpassed, when world record holder, Usain Bolt, faced his sternest test as an athlete and won the 100m race.”Grange continued: “Usain Bolt, you are a special gift from God to your parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, and to Jamaica. Because of your greatness, humility must be your crown.”You have made our hearts swell with pride, our flag continues to fly high and our nation a brand that remains centre stage around the globe.”Yes, there were a few who doubted Bolt’s ability to beat Gatlin, but I was confident that Bolt had it in him, that true Jamaican fighting spirit for which our people are known. Amazing Bolt.”I congratulate his coach, Glen Mills, and Bolt’s management team. You have all made Jamaica proud.”
Morocco and South Africa had been seen as the frontline contenders to host the competition, which is due to start on June 15.Cameroon had originally beaten bids from Algeria and the Ivory Coast to win the right to host the tournament, but saw it taken away by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last month due to delays in preparation.Morocco, which lost out to a United States/Mexico/Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup, has regularly been reported as a possible replacement.But Egypt made a move to host the contintental showpiece for a fifth time, just hours after Alami’s comments.“Egypt is able to organise the competition and we would be proud to do so,” said Egyptian sports minister Ashraf Sobhi.“The Egyptian people are always ready for such things, we have infrastructure of the highest level.”Congo Brazzaville has also emerged as a surprise candidate, while CAF has offered the 2021 finals to Cameroon despite having previously awarded the tournament to the Ivory Coast.The 2019 Cup of Nations will be the first to feature 24 teams since CAF expanded the format from 16 countries.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Moroccan sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami (pictured April 2014) said that Morocco “does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so” © AFP/File / STRRABAT, Morocco, Dec 13 – Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon was stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said on Wednesday, while Egypt expressed an interest in hosting the finals.“Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” he told AFP.