Grenadian’s Olympic Gold Medalist Kirani James will receive cash payment, from the Government of Grenada, when he returns to the island early next month, as part of the local value of bonds promised to him following his victory in the 400m at the London Olympics last year.
Mrs. Kisha Alexander Grant, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister made this disclosure last week, shortly after the Olympic Champion failed to defend his IAAF title at the international meet in Russia.
According to Grant, in extending congratulations to James for his efforts at last week’s meet, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Hon Keith Mitchell, assured him, that his government will deliver on the bond agreement that the previous administration made with him, except this time, government is going to give the first installment in cash.
Grant said, Kirani would be collecting that cash (the amount withheld) upon his next visit to Grenada in the next few weeks.
James, who turns 21 on September 1, became the first athlete from outside the USA to break the 44-second barrier when he clocked 43.94 seconds and also won Grenada’s first ever-Olympic gold medal.
Prime Minister Mitchell spoke with James on Wednesday after his disappointing seventh place finish in the Men’s 400m final at the IAAF Championships in Moscow.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed his full support to the Star athlete and assured him that Grenada continues to be proud of him.
Grant said the Prime Minister also reminded Kirani, that as a sportsman there are going to be off days, and things are going to happen, but that’s the way it goes.