GIS - August 21, 2015: Cash prizes to the tune of Rs 5,884,000 were presented to Mauritian sportspersons and their coaches for their exceptional performances at the 9th Indian Ocean Island Games with Mauritius bagging a total of 185 medals (66 gold, 49 silver, 70 bronze). The prizes were presented during ceremony held on 20 August 2015 at the J&J Auditorium in Phoenix in the presence of the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden.
The Prime Minister lauded the exceptional performance of Mauritian sportspersons which he said is the result of their perseverance, sacrifice and devotion. Sir Anerood Jugnauth also spoke about his concern for collective sports particularly football. He announced that measures are ongoing to address the poor performance of football with the reopening of the football academy in Réduit with international assistance and the collaboration of the private sector.
It is recalled that the scale for cash prizes has been increased. Hence, a gold medalist (individual) at the Indian Ocean Island Games now receives Rs 30 000 instead of Rs 23 000, and Rs 24 000 each instead of Rs 15 000 for gold medalists competing in team sports disciplines. For the Olympic Games, the scale has also been reviewed with the allocation of Rs 2.1 million for gold as compared to Rs 1.5 million previously, while a silver medalist will obtain Rs 1.4 million and a bronze medalist Rs 720 000.
The Indian Ocean Island Games are a multi-sports event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands. The Games were adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1976.
The objectives are to contribute to regional cooperation through the development of sport in the region, build friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of the islands of the Indian Ocean, in the spirit of the Olympics.
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