Prime Minister Douglas was at the time responding to a caller and noted the various things the government had done over the years in gratitude to Mr. Collins.
“As a Government we are very grateful for the achievements of Kim. We have done everything that we could possibly do to honour him. He is one of our highly respected ambassadors of this country in sports even as he has grown older he seems to get even better and as this we are so grateful for this energetic young man who has become the icon of the young people in St. Kitts and Nevis in so many different ways,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
He also further stated that the government made a very strong move in ensuring that the first pavilion at the Silver Jubilee Stadium was named in honour of Kim Collins with the hope that other athletes would emerge and more stands built and are named in their honour.
The Government has honoured him with the naming of the Kim Collins Pavilion at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, giving him a three-bedroom home, a Kim Collins Day, naming a highway in his honour and producing a special edition of postage stamps.
The St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister also recommitted his Government to continue to promote sports and athletics generally in the twin-island Federation.
St. Kitts and Nevis’ 4×100 men’s relay team won bronze with a time of 38.47, a national record at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Earlier Kim Collins won a bronze medal in the 100m finals. In 2003 Mr. Collins also won gold in Paris.