- President Cyril Ramaphosa suffered a near slip of the hand when he awarded Elena Meyer with a National Order award
- Both the president and the veteran athlete could be seen chuckling after the near incident
- Meyer received the Order for her contribution to athletics and the way in which she has represented and advocated the country on the international stage
President Cyril Ramaphosa personally handed over the 2018 National Order awards to deserving South Africans on Saturday evening. While he handed over athletics legend Elena Myer’s award Ramaphosa suffered a very near slip of the hand.
Ramaphosa came very close to accidentally touching Meyer inappropriately, thankfully very close isn’t the same as actual touching, accidental or otherwise.
Directly after the near incident, Ramaphosa and Meyer can be seen chuckling together about what happened.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Meyer received a gold Order, the highest award a South African can receive for her contribution to athletics and the way in which she has represented and advocated the country on the international stage.
Meyer is best remembered for her performance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. She won a silver medal in the 10 000m event.
The 1992 Olympics was the first time South African athletes were allowed back onto the international stage after the country was isolated internationally due to the apartheid regime.
Meyer led for most of the race, but was overtaken in the final stages to end second, she represented South Africa on many occasions and always did so in a distinguished and proud manner.
The National Orders are divided into Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and handed out to South Africans who have made outstanding contributions in building a democratic, free and successful country.
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