Belizean football players of the national Jaguars team Woodrow West and Ian Gaynair made international headlines for turning down a match-fixing bribe just before their participation at the Gold Cup Tournament. This past week, both were invited by the UNCAF’s President Rafael Tinoco to witness the final Gold Cup Match in Chicago and to be guests at the President’s Banquet.
West and Gaynair gained international recognition from CONCACAF and were awarded by Gold Cup and CONCACAF for their honesty, integrity and patriotism during their participation in the Gold Cup Tournament. They received trophies of honor during the final ceremonies of the tournament.
According to Belize City media, The Belize Olympic Committee also announced that it is awarding the duo with the Gilmore Kenkson Fair Play Trophy for “their outstanding honesty and patriotism during their participation in the Gold Cup Tournament in the U.S.A.” A release adds that, quote, “Their character exemplifies the aims and objectives of the International Olympic Committee.”
The trophy is in memory of Gilmore Henkson a secretary of the Belize Olympic Committee for many years and also a sportsman. The trophy will be presented to West and Gaynair on Monday, August 5, 2013, by Governor General Sir Colville Young.