President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Michael Fennell, of Jamaica, finally officially presented Natasha Mayers with her gold medal won at the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
Fennell, who was the guest of the St Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee (NOC), made the presentation after delivering the feature address at the joint National Olympic Committee/Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines (TASVG) Awards Ceremony held at Frenches House on Saturday last.
Fennell asked for the national anthem to be played after he had placed the medal around Mayers’ neck, telling the appreciating audience that she was denied this opportunity at the Games and she needed to be given that which she had deserved.
In his feature address Fennell lauded the developmental thrust of the NOC and TASVG and noted the importance of combining the physical preparation of athletes with the inculcation of the many positive values encapsulated in the concept, Olympism.
The CGF boss called on St Vincent and the Grenadines to give Natasha Mayers her due for winning gold in India. She won it legitimately and that has to be given appropriate consideration.
Fennell expressed the hope that Mayers’ victory would serve as an impetus for athletes here at home to commit themselves to achieving excellence at the highest level.