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Govt has ‘goodies’ for Jehue, says Anil
Fans of Jehue Gordon, who won gold in the men’s 400 metre hurdles at the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia, “will be very happy” to hear what he will be receiving from the Government for his achievement. Sports Minister Anil Roberts yesterday only gave a hint to the media, but assured: “You will be very happy. It will be nice.”
Roberts, at a press conference at his Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, ministry, said a note went to Cabinet yesterday and Government would discuss it before revealing the details to the public. He said it would be finalised by Monday, would most likely be approved at next Thursday’s Cabinet meeting and the media would be informed at the post-Cabinet media conference.
Gordon had already received $300,000 from the Government from the Elite Fund for athletes to assist with his training, Roberts said.
He said under the fund, athletes like Gordon, get about $250,000 a year for the four-year quadrennial going into the Olympics. That was to help with training, pay psychologists, sports massage therapists, gym fees and school fees. They normally got the money in two tranches of $100,000 each over 12 months, he added. “Jehue has been one who has been working very hard and has the full support of the ministry. He got his full tranches of $250,000, plus an extra $50,000," Roberts said.
Roberts said the ministry continued to support not only Gordon but all athletes, continuously analysing their performances. Based on the analyses, sometimes the funding went up and sometimes it went down, he said. He added: “We have between 33 and 41 athletes on the programme, including some young ones. We are looking to bring them up. Not all of them get the $250,000... sometimes they get from $75,000 up.” Roberts said the athletes have to account properly for the money given by providing bills and some have not been doing that as well as they should. He said the ministry did not like to penalise them for that and hold back their training.
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