Government pays tribute to retired Athletes for their outstanding performance
Mauritian retired athletes who have outshined and honoured Mauritius by winning numerous international competitions received the State Recognition Allowance ranging from Rs 3 000 to Rs 10 000, at a gala night ceremony held yesterday at the Cyber Tower 1 in Ebène.
The ceremony which is a first of its kind and a landmark event in the sports field, was held in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint.
Addressing the sportspersons, Prime Minister Jugnauth lauded the athletes for their contribution in the world of sports and also in making Mauritius proud with their achievements both at national and international levels. He recalled that the ‘State Recognition Allowance Scheme for Retired Athletes’ with the objective of giving due merit to sportspersons was enunciated in budget 2017-2018 with an earmarked sum of Rs 5 million in acknowledgement of the performance of our athletes who at some point in time have honoured the country.
The Prime Minister said that no stone will be left unturned in giving recognition and encouragement to our athletes who have bought glory to the Nation. According to him, the allowance which will be given to retired athletes on a monthly basis is a means of alleviating those athletes who sometimes face hardship after they have stopped their sports career.
He further called upon the athletes to become ambassadors in promoting the concept of "Sports for all" adding that it is high time to motivate and support the younger generation to get involved in sports which is associated with strong values such as discipline and determination.
The Prime Minister recalled that the action plan for sports set up to detect talents at the youngest also aims at fostering a culture of physical activity in the country through the introduction of sports science in the education curriculum. He dwelt on various amenities being put in place to encourage a sports culture in Mauritius and the necessary facilities in the wake of the forthcoming 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games.
For his part, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, pointed out that the State Recognition Allowance scheme is a historic measure to compensate the sportspersons for their worthy performances which will eventually aspire younger athletes to become role models in the sports domain. He reassured that his Ministry will provide all necessary means to ensure the success of present-day athletes as well as giving due recognition to sportsmen and sportswomen.