Tributes continue to pour in for three-time Olympian and World Champion sprinter, Deon Lendore, following his tragic death in a car-crash in Texas.
Among those expressing condolences to Lendore’s family, friends and loved ones are Minister of Sport and Community Development, Shamfa Cudjoe MP, and President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, Brian Lewis.
In an official statement, Minister Cudjoe extended deepest condolences to the family, relatives, friends, and the sports fraternity on the passing of Olympian Deon Lendore:
“On behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, we salute Lendore for his tremendous contributions to the development and promotion of athletics. Lendore was truly an inspiration to all of us and has proudly represented this country.
He epitomized hope and joy each time his feet landed on the track. He was indeed a trailblazer, a life gone too soon. We thank him for everything he has done and for giving distinguished and diligent service to Trinidad and Tobago.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
And TTOC boss Brian Lewis, in an audio message released in social media, described news of Lendore’s death as “tragic” and “shocking”, remarking that the T&T Olympian has “gone too soon”.
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The following is the text of a statement issued in the TTOC’s social media pages and website on Deon Lendore’s passing…
“Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and untimely loss of 3x Olympian and Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Deon Lendore who has been an inspiration and motivation to us all both on and off the track.
Deon has flown the Trinidad and Tobago flag with pride, honour, patriotism and an indomitable will throughout his career while helping and inspiring many.
We express our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, teammates, coaches, Abilene Club, Community of Arima and all who he would have touched.
It is a sad day for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic and Commonwealth Sport Movement.
May Deon Rest and Sleep in Eternal Peace.”
Deon Lendore represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan in 2020. He won his Olympic bronze medal at the London games where he was part of the quartet that won bronze in the 4x400m event.
Lendore was also a World Championships silver medallist in the 4x400m event in 2015. He won three bronze medals in the World Indoor Championships, while he was also a 4x400m bronze medallist at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru in 2019.