The Malta Independent 5 March 2024, Tuesday
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Maltese medal winners in Small States Games receive more than half a million collectively

Saturday, 2 December 2023, 12:14 Last update: about 3 months ago

Maltese athletes, and medal winners in the recent Small States Games held in May of this year, have received more than half a million euros collectively, a statement by the Education Ministry said.

The gold medal winners in the games were awarded €10,000 each. Athletes and sportspeople who participated as a team shared this amount among themselves.

Monetary gifts were also given to those who won bronze and silver medals. In total, the sum of €575,300 was distributed among 97 winners across the three medal categories, the statement read.

It said that Malta has consistently excelled in the Small States Games since their inception in 1985.

In this latest edition, the country not only secured a prominent place in the medal classifications but also set an unprecedented record in the number of medals won, government said.

With 38 gold medals, 30 silver medals, and 29 bronze medals, Malta achieved a total of 97 medals. Malta not only dominated in the number of gold medals but also emerged victorious in the overall medal count, it said.

These achievements were recognized during the 20th edition of the MOC Gala Sport Awards held on Friday. The ceremony aimed to acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of Maltese athletes in top-tier international competitions organized under the patronage of their respective international sports federations.

National federations and associations were invited to submit nominations for athletes and sportspeople between mid-October of the previous year and mid-October of the current year.

The event took place under the merit of the Minister for Sports Clifton Grima.

Grima expressed pride at the country's success in the games, attributing it to the collective efforts of all those involved, with a special emphasis on the athletes and sportspeople.

Grima thanked them for their contributions and assured continued support from the government in the ongoing development of the sports sector.

President of the Maltese Olympic Committee Julian Pace Bonello said that the committee is committed to supporting and rewarding athletes who bring pride to the country through their outstanding achievements in these games.

He highlighted the importance of recognizing these accomplishments during an event that brings the sports community together to celebrate excellence.

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