GIS - 11 October, 2013: You are great role models for the Mauritians, especially for the youth. You displayed strong work and efforts, perseverance and discipline to achieve these performances. You are the pride of this country.
This was the gist of the message of the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, to the five athletes who participated and shined at the World Associations of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) Senior World Championships (Low Kick, K1), held in Guarujà, Sao Paolo, Brazil from 28 September to 6 October.
Mauritius reaped two gold medals and two silver medals and ranked 6th amidst the 47 participating countries from five continents in these championships. James Veejaye Agathe in the -81 kg category and Fabrice Michel Bauluck in the -54kg won the World Champion title while Facson Perrine in the -63,5kg and Burtlan Clifton Mathieu Simiss in the -51kg won silver medals. Boris Brissonette in the -71 kg category reached the quarter-finals. A cash prize presentation ceremony was held today at the Treasury Building in Port Louis to reward those top athletes.
In his address, the Prime Minister pointed out that the performances of the Mauritian kickboxers are a strong call to all citizens of the country that through hard work and a high level of self confidence, one could realize one’s full potential and could open any door. Praising the kickboxers for their ‘exceptional’ performance, the Prime Minister stated that their parents were also pivotal in their stellar achievement, highlighting the sacrifices they made for their children.
Dr Ramgoolam also spoke of Government’s efforts and commitment to ensure that Mauritian athletes perform to the best of their abilities. He said that the cash prizes awarded to best performing athletes at world championship levels have been raised. Gold medallists will now get Rs 500,000 instead of Rs 340,000 while silver medallists will obtain Rs 300,000 instead of Rs 250,000. The Prime Minister added that the next target should be a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016.
James Veejaye Agathe and Fabrice Michel Bauluck, each received Rs 500,000 while Facson Perrine and Burtlan Clifton Mathieu Simiss were awarded RS 340,000 each. The national kickboxing coach, Mr Judex Jeannot, was also remitted a cheque of Rs 200,000 for his commitment in accompanying and supporting the athletes.
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