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Haiti: Prime Minister Sends Hopes to Olympian Samyr Laine

LES CAYES, Haiti (defend.ht) - For a moment during the 5th Government Council meeting held in Aux Cayes, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe took the opportunity to recognize Haiti's Olympic Triple Jumper Samyr Laine and his quest for a medal.

The Martelly-Lamothe administration introduced a new component to transparency, broadcasting government meetings live on state television and radio station and over the internet via livestream.

Meetings are hours long and involve presentations by ministers and other government officials and lively discussions on projects and how they are progressing.

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Wednesday 08.08.12 | PM Laurent Lamothe
Radio Television Nationale d'Haiti on MartellyTV

Following a presentation of an emergency agriculture project presented by the Minister of Agriculture, the Prime Minister paused for a moment to speak on Haiti's Olympians, particularly Samyr Laine.

"We know that the Olympic Games are taking place. We see that there are many countries that have gold medals, for example, look at a country like Grenada. Grenada has in its record a gold medal."

"I would like to congratulate Samyr Laine who is in the final phase of the triple jump."

"Samyr Laine is a young man, a Haitian of 28 years, who is part of the Haitian Olympic selection team who tomorrow at 2:20 will compete for a medal. I hope that it is a gold medal."

"I would like to say directly to Samyr, because we are live now on the internet throughout the world on martelly.tv. We are in Aux Cayes, we are everywhere..."

"I would like on behalf of all the Haitian people to salute the effort of Samyr Laine who reached the final phase and will compete for a medal and I would like to wish him good luck that he can make the country proud, because if he ends with a medal in the Olympic Games, there is no greater gift that the Haitian people could receive today."

"In the difficulty that Haiti finds itself today, if it were to earn a medal in the Olympic Games it would be a beautiful thing."

"I want to tell Samyr, the people are behind you, the government is behind you, I will speak for the Parliament and say the parliament is behind you and the city of Aux Cayes is behind you."

"Everybody has come together to stand behind Samyr Laine for a medal."

The Prime Minister was in London, England for the opening ceremony of the Olympics where he met with foreign dignitaries such as Prince Charles of Wales and the five athletes who carry the banner of Haiti. Lamothe wished the Haitian Olympians the best of luck in their respective competitions for the people of Haiti.

President Michel Martelly also partitioned some minutes out of his day to speak with Samyr Laine. On Laine's Facebook page he wrote of the conversation:

Just had quite the motivational and encouraging conversation with the President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Martelly. It seems he's all in and I know all of you are too. We've got one more step to go and trust me, I won't be playing any games out there tomorrow!

Haiti in the Olympics

After valiant efforts by the five athletes competing for Haiti in the Olympic games, Samyr Laine remains the last of the five still in contention for a medal.

The first competitor, Linouse Desravine, did not make it past the first round of Women's 52kg Judo last Sunday.

Friday, Marlena Wesh ran brilliantly in the Women's 400m and advanced into the semi-finals but did not advance to the final round.

On Monday, Moise Joseph competed and ended his run in the Men's 800 meter qualifiers.

Jeffrey Julmis competed Tuesday morning in the Men's 110m Hurdles where he also ended his run for a medal.

Laine competes Thursday, August 9 at 2:20PM EST.

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