The Bank of Jamaica has announced that starting from January next year they will be issuing a nine dollar note which will feature the country's most famous athlete - track and field legend Usain Bolt in the Jamaican national colours and in his trademark archer pose. Speaking at a media briefing, Governor of the Bank Mr. Brian Wynter had this to say:
"With all due respect to other Jamaicans who have contributed significantly to making our country famous, Usain Bolt has been the best thing to come out of Jamaica in more recent times. His personality, his pure athleticism and utter dominance of track and field has made him the obvious choice. The nine dollar note is in recognition of his nine gold medals won over three Olympic Games - Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016."
Contacted for a word on this latest honor he has received, Bolt had this to say:
"I am so elated by this. I didn't really know the impact that I would have had on my Jamaican compatriots and ultimately the world with the way I have performed in the Olympics. My initial goal was not exactly to gain fame but just to compete to the best of my ability. And here I am today standing on the cusp of immortality. I am almost as big a name as Michael Jordan. "
Bolt did have one last surprise for his many fans though. The athletic great concluded the interview by saying:
"After the World's next year I plan to launch my own brand of sneakers similar to Jordan. It will be named Bolt of course and it will feature a silhouette of me in my famous archer pose. I am already in talks with the makers who I will not name but it is expected to hit stores by Christmas 2017. So all those fans who will be disappointed that they won't get to see me compete again after the 2017 track and field season will have a chance to wear me. That said, don't expect to run as fast as me when you wear it. "