Kirani James

Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas is welcoming calls by his counterparts for greater regional recognition of World and Olympic  400 meters champion, Kirani James.

James became the first person from Grenada and the OECS to win an Olympic gold medal at the ongoing London games.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines praised Kirani for his performance while Antigua’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer called on LIAT to name an aircraft in honour of the Olympic Gold medalist.

Thomas said the expressions and sentiments of solidarity and support expressed by the leaders and people of the OECS shows that the feat achieved by Kirani is a celebration of the dreams and aspirations of the people of the OECS subregion.

James, 19, won the race in 43.94 seconds, making him the first man outside the United States to break the 44-second barrier.

Regional airline LIAT has announced it will be honoring Kirani with a fitting tribute “very shortly.”