East Africa: Young Seychellois Athletes Rewarded for Performance At Indian Ocean Youth Games

The Seychellois medallists at the Indian Ocean Youth and Sports Commission Games (CJSOI) games will receive cash rewards for their performances, a top government official said on Thursday.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Youth, Family and Sports, Marie-Celine Zialor, in a ceremony at the International Conference Centre, where athletes were presented with certificates for their good performance at the regional games.

Seychelles finished third on the medals table, with 45 medals – 12 gold, 12 silver and 21 bronze.

“I would like to make a special address this afternoon. The sports department sat down yesterday and we saw that there is no policy for compensating athletes that compete at the CJSOI games. After looking at our budget we saw we could give something to those who won medals,” said Zialor.

She explained that for each bronze medal, an athlete will receive SCR2,500 ($152) for silver medals the reward is SCR5,000 ($378) and for gold medals, athletes will get SCR10,000 ($755).

This will be good news for the athletes, especially those who won multiple medals, such as Seychelles’ top performer, Khema Elizabeth, who won a total of eight medals – three gold, one silver and four bronze.

“I want to also salute the work of everyone involved in the good work for the CJSOI team, which also includes the coaches and parents,” said Zialor, who added that her ministry will continue to invest in sports to ensure that the young athletes continue to develop.

One of the main attractions of the event was the handing over of the CJSOI flag to President Wavel Ramkalawan to confirm Seychelles as the host of the next edition of the games in 2025.