GIS – August 25, 2014: The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, lauded the exceptional performance of two Mauritian athletes - a silver medalist in boxing and a bronze medalist in judo - at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. As a result of this performance, Mauritius ranks 27th among 71 countries in competition.
During a ceremony at Treasury Building in Port Louis on 22 August 2014 the Prime Minister greeted the two athletes, Mr Kennedy St Pierre and Ms Annabelle La Providence, as well as their respective coaches and families. Mr Kennedy St Pierre won the silver medal for his performance in boxing in the finals of the -81 kg category, while Ms Annabelle La Providence won the bronze medal in judo in the +78 kg category at the Commonwealth Games held from 23 July to 3 August 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
In his address the Prime Minister said that the two medalists are the pride of the nation. He congratulated them as well as their coaches for their accomplishments and for having honoured the country in the sports discipline of boxing and judo.
Dr Ramgoolam also had a special thought for athletes who participated in the Games but did not receive any medals, recalling that these athletes gave their best try. He pointed out that sacrifice, perseverance and discipline are determining aspects that lead to success in every field. The Prime Minister expressed belief that efforts need to be rewarded and this is his firm intention. We had increased the cash prize for the Olympic Games and we are doing the same for the Commonwealth Games, he pointed out.
The Prime Minister moreover called upon Mauritian youth to take the Commonwealth Games medalists as example and become determined and keep trying to achieve success no matter what difficulties they might encounter. He assured that Government will continue to give all the necessary means and support for their progress.
Mr Kennedy St Pierre received a reward of Rs 200 000 (Rs 150 000 and an additional Rs 50 000) while Ms Annabelle La Providence was presented a prize of Rs 100 000 (Rs 75 000 and an additional 25 000). The coaches of both athletes namely Messrs Judex Bazile (boxing - Rs 80 000) and Joseph Mounawah (judo - Rs 40 000) were also rewarded.
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