St. George’s, August 6, 2012 – The National Democratic Congress wishes to congratulate our superstar athlete, Kirani James, on his outstanding victory in the 400 meter final at the Olympic Games in London, England.
“It is with a deep sense of pride that the general membership and executive of the NDC join with Grenadians at home and abroad in congratulating Kirani and ushering in a great day in the annals of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique,’’ said Arley Gill, Public Relations Officer of the National Democratic Congress.
James, 19, won the race 43.94 seconds, making him the first man from outside the United States to break the 44-second barrier.
He also has run the fastest 400 ever by any Caribbean athletes. In addition, it was the first medal to be won by an OECS athlete at the London Games.
“The NDC and the rest of the nation are grateful to Kirani and wish him continued success,’’ Gill said. “At the same time, let us continue steadfast in our support of the Grenadian athletes who are still competing at the Olympics.’’
Gill described Government’s renaming of Lagoon Road to Kirani James Boulevard, following his World Championship victory in 2011, as a “visionary act.’’
However, he has suggested that a committee should now be set up to execute a plan for upgrading and enhancing the boulevard.
NDC General Secretary, Peter David, also commended James and has recommended that a fitting tribute to the athlete on his Olympic success should be the renaming of the soon-to-be-refurbished athletic stadium after James.
“He is more than deserving of such a tribute,’’ David said.