GIS - 19 December, 2018: A ceremony to reward the outstanding performances of the two young Mauritians, Mr Terence Saramandif and Ms Margaux Koenig, at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was held yesterday at Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, the President of the Mauritius Olympic Committee (MOC), Mr Philippe Hao Thyn Voon, and other eminent personalities were present on the occasion.
Mr Terence Saramandif was awarded a cheque of Rs 720 000 from the Ministry of Youth and Sports for obtaining the Gold Medal in the Canoe Slalom whereas Ms Margaux Koenig was rewarded with a cash prize to the tune of Rs 80,000 for her bronze medal in Equestrian Jumping with the African team. Also, the coach of Ms Koenig, Ms Estelle Chane, received a cheque of Rs 32 000. As for the MOC, it will provide a financial assistance of Rs 200 000 and Rs 100 000 to Mr Saramandif and Ms Koenig respectively till the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In his address, Minister Toussaint commended the efforts and sacrifices of both young athletes for having won the prestigious medals, which he underlined, is a remarkable example for the Mauritian youth. He further lauded the willingness of the two youth to support Mauritius, and, emphasised that they should always display humility and rigour to excel in life.
Speaking about the forthcoming Olympic Games that is, Tokyo 2020, and Paris 2024, the Minister highlighted that potential athletes will be given the proper support and training to participate in these Games.
For his part, the President of the MOC, expressed his appreciation for the patriotism demonstrated by these young athletes during their performances at the Games. He reiterated that the MOC will continue to provide assistance to athletes in their sporting endeavours.
The Youth Olympic Games were held from 06 to 18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some 4000 athletes participated in different sports disciplines. It brought together talented young athletes aged between 15 to 18 from over 200 countries.
Mr Terrence Saramandif obtained Mauritius’ first ever Youth Olympic Games gold medal by completing the course at Dique 3, Puerto Maduro, in a time of 1:18.80, which made him victorious more than four seconds from New Zealand’s Finn Anderson.
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