by Andre Lowe (Jamaica Observer) Despite expressing disappointment with the systemic failures that resulted in him suffering significant losses in the ongoing fraud case at investment firm Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL), iconic sprinter Usain Bolt has declared his love for and commitment to Jamaica, while alleviating concerns around his financial situation.
In his first appearance in public since it was revealed that more than US$12 million had disappeared from his account at SSL, Bolt, a global phenom and one of the country’s most recognisable figures, revealed that he has been struggling emotionally but remains dedicated to doing what he can to have a positive influence on the country.
“I’ve been going through a few tough weeks,” Bolt said at the sponsors’ luncheon for the Gibson McCook Relays at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday.
“No matter what’s going on right now, Jamaica is my home and it will never change, and I will always love my country and will always do everything in my power to uplift the country,” said Bolt.
The sprinter had invested close to US$8 million in SSL in 2012 through a limited liability company with the account reflecting US$12,758,181.74 as of October 31, 2022.