Caracas, Aug 15 : Fencer Ruben Limardo has been honoured by Venezuela's National Assembly for the gold medal he won at the London Olympic Games.
lawmakers began the congressional session Tuesday by formally
recognizing Limardo and the delegation of athletes who represented
Venezuela at this year's Summer Games.
"I am very grateful for
the recognition. I always dreamed of winning an Olympic medal," Limardo
told the full session of the legislature.
His uncle and coach,
Ruperto Gascon, thanked the Venezuelan people for celebrating Limardo's
victory and the authorities who provided their help to the athlete "in
one way or another".
"This is Venezuela's triumph and I would like this to repeat itself in all our country's sports," added Gascon.
week, President Hugo Chavez presented Limardo, Venezuela's first
Olympic gold medalist in 44 years, with a replica of the sword of South
American liberator Simon Bolivar.