Fredericks to be honored in Mauritius

Former BYU All-American sprinter Frank Fredericks will be the guest of honor at the 2004 Sports Awards in Mauritius.

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Contact: Angie Wallace

Frank Fredericks, the greatest African sprinter of all time, will be the guest of honor of the Sports Awards 2004 on Saturday, 11 December at the Beau Rivage hotel, organized by L'Express, Powerade and Nayy´ade Resorts -- paying tribute to the best Mauritian sportsmen of the year -- and during which he will be honored for his distinguished career.

During his visit, Frank Fredericks will conduct two workshops, with the collaboration of L'Express, Powerade, Nayy´ade Resorts and the Mauritius Amateur Athletics Association (MAAA).

More than a thousand kids, under 15, will be participating to the workshops which will take place at the Auguste Vollaire Stadium at Flacq on Wednesday, 8 December, and at the Maryse Justin Stadium on Thursday, 9 December.

During those workshops Frank Fredericks and Mauritian athletics star, Styy´phan Buckland, will approach different subjects like sports injuries, high level sports and doping in sports.

Mauritian athletics could not dream of better ambassadors to promote its sport and Mauritian kids could not get a better gift than participating to a workshop conducted by the two fastest African athletes of the moment on the half lap, even though Frank Fredericks has decided to retire from competition this year.

The next day, at the Maryse Justin Stadium, Frank Fredericks and Styy´phan Buckland will conduct another workshop which will, this time, see the participation of the best Mauritian athletes.

After the workshop, Frank Fredericks will unveil a commemorative tablet at the Primo Nebiolo House, the headquarters of the Mauritius Amateur Athletics Association (MAAA). He will be the second world class athlete, after Merlene Ottey in 1998 during her visit in the context of the Year of Women in Athletics, to have his name in the hall of Fame of the Primo Nebiolo House.