|Ingraham hosts dinner for ‘Golden Knights’ at Sandals Cay|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Aug 17, 2012
Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told the ‘Golden Knights’ last night that he made a promise to former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard to host the Bahamas Olympic team to a luncheon in their honor.
Maynard, 42, died from a massive heart attack on Tuesday morning.
Although he was unable to host the entire Olympic team, Ingraham said he was pleased to host the four ‘Golden Knights’, Chris ‘The Fireman’ Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller, who won gold in the men’s 4x400-meter relay in London, England.
Ingraham, along with members of the Free National Movement (FNM) hosted the four men to dinner on Sandals Cay.
“The Bahamas has high expectations for its athletes. Now whether we do as much as we could for our athletes for these events is debatable,” he said. “But the reality is that when we go to these events we expect nothing but the best, and as small as we are we have become accustomed to producing wonderful results, and when the results are not in our favor we are not very appreciative in this country.
“Nobody has talked about how wonderful it was for so many Bahamian athletes to participate in finals and semi-finals at the Olympics.”
He said that he hoped that the sports policy his administration left in place will be followed through by the current administration.
“[The opposition] will continue to do [its] part in government,” he said.
Brown dedicated his gold medal to Maynard.
“He came to me personally after 2000 and I didn’t know who he was, and he came up to me with this big smile and said ‘man Chris when you ga bring home the gold?’,” shared Brown.
“I looked at him and i said I will do it the next time.
“Time and time and time again he came to me with this big smile, and then he became the minister of sports and I said ‘before I finish and I retire I will definitely get you that gold medal that you’re asking for’.
“And you know it’s touching to me because it’s been so long and I was hoping that I could come here tonight and show him this gold medal, because I said ‘this is his gold’.
“To hear that [he passed away]... touches me because he never really got the chance to see that gold, so this one is definitely for him.”