GIS – October 1st, 2015: Cheques to the tune of Rs 1 747 500 were presented to Mauritian sportspersons as well as their coaches and directeurs techniques nationaux for their exceptional performances at the 11th All Africa Games held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, where Mauritius won 14 medals (5 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze). Two young sportspersons having won 2 bronze medals at the 5th Youth Commonwealth Games held in Apia, Samoa, were also rewarded.
The prizes were presented during a ceremony held last night at the Zilwa Attitude Hotel, in Calodyne, Anse La Raie, in the presence of the Acting Prime Minister, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden.
It is recalled that at the All Africa Games, held from 2 to 19 September 2015, Mauritian athletes excelled in badminton by winning 2 gold medals in women’s single and team events, 1 silver medal in women’s double, and 1 bronze medal in women’s single. Mauritian sportspersons also gave laudable performances in athletics, boxing, cycling and weightlifting.
All Africa Games
The first African Games, also known as the All-Africa Games or the Pan African Games, were hosted in 1965 by Brazzaville. The Games are a continental multi-sport event held every four years, organised by the African Union jointly with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and the Association of African Sports Confederations.
The International Olympic Committee granted official recognition as a continental multi-sport event, along with the Asian Games and Pan American Games. Since 1999, the Games have also included athletes with a disability.
Youth Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Youth Games are a small-scale version of the Commonwealth Games, designed for the youth of the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories. The first Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Scotland in August 2000.
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