Monday, March 1, 2010

Usain Bolt gets Queen's University honour

Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is among a number of people being honoured by Queen's University, Belfast, this year.

Bolt, who holds the world records for the 100m and 200m, will receive an honorary doctorate for distinction in sport.

He will be joined by Nobel prize-winner intellectual Professor Amartya Kumar Sen from India.

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari will also get a doctorate.

Mr Ahtisaari, a veteran diplomat, played a major role in the Northern

Ireland peace process, working for the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning.

Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O'Loan is being honoured for distinction in public service.

Others receiving hours include Belfast-born Maureen Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet, businessman Fred Olsen and William Wright, founder of Ballymena coachbuilder Wrightbus.

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