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Roberts: Olympians to get $$ next month

By Mark Pouchet

Minister of Sport Anil Roberts said that members of the two Trinidad and Tobago Olympic bronze medal relay-winning teams should expect to receive their $300,000 cheques by December.

"We expect those specific releases by the Ministry of Finance in the December release," he said," So by early December, cheques should be ready for the athletes to pick up."

The two teams include the Men's 4 x 400 relay (Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon, Ade Alleyne-Forte, Deon Lendore) and the Men's 4 x 100m relay (Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson), whose members were promised the reward by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at a special reception at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's back in September.

A $300,000 cheque should also be ready for swimmer George Bovell III who is being specially honoured for his bronze medal-winning performance at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The National Aquatic Centre which will be built in Couva will also be named the George Bovell III Aquatic centre.

In announcing the gift to Bovell, the Prime Minister said it was a similar initiative to what was done with 1976 Olympic gold medalist Hasely Crawford by the UNC Government in 1998 when she was a Member of Parliament.

T&T's Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott has already received his $1 million award, as well as a $2.5 million townhouse at Federation Villas, which he has not yet moved into. Other gifts bestowed upon Walcott were 20,000 square feet of land in Toco and a scholarship from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). Also, the Toco Lighthouse was named after Walcott as well as the school he attended - Toco Secondary school. A new Caribbean Airlines aircraft will also carry Walcott's name.

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