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Jamaican government rewards Powell for world record

9 February 2006
www.caribbeannetnews.com

Jamaica's 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell will reap more reward for his stunning run in Athens, following a report that the country's government has compensated the sprint with a land grant.

According to reports from Kingston, Percival James Patterson, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, revealed that Powell "will receive a lot and proper housing in recognition of his world record performance.”

Patterson also said that Powell will receive similar treatment to that given to the Reggae Boyz, who were successful in their quest to qualify for the World Cup in France, almost eight years ago.

Powell's spike among highest bids

In the meantime, Powell was among three athletics stars whose donation helped the IAAF earn big bucks in their fund-raising auction for United Nations charities.

The right spike worn by Powell when he clocked an impressive world mark of 9.77 in Athens, last summer raised $1,830.74 in a total of $30,000. Only Morroco's Hicham El Guerrouj ($3,406.98) and Ethiopian veteran distance runner Haile Gebrselassie ($2,443.01) had higher bids for their donations.

All proceeds from the auction, conducted on the IAAF's website, will be given to three United Nations organisations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP).

In a release from the IAAF website, President Lamine Diack expressed delight in the running of the auction and thanked to all who participates for their generosity.

"On behalf of the IAAF, I would like to sincerely thank all those athletes and fans who have taken part in this first ever online auction to raise money and public awareness for UN humanitarian causes," commented IAAF President Lamine Diack.

"I am delighted that we are now able to donate more than $30,000, divided equally between FAO, UNICEF, and WFP, and that we have also helped to publicise the important work being done by these UN organisations," he added.



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