Thandeka Soko CDM Region 5 Zambia
By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-As the 100 days count down before Malawi host the African Union Region 5 Youth Games in the Capital, Lilongwe.
Region 5 member States have engaged extra gears in their preparations as they set different targets and goals to achieve by the end of the games in December 11, 2022.
One of the members State is Zambia which said to be ready to ignite African dream and promote unity among fellow member states.
Speaking to Maravi Post from the Capital, Lusaka, Zambia, Senior Sport Development Officer and Podium Performance Programme National Coordinator, Thandeka Soko said are ready for the tournament and that preparations are going on very well.
Soko says Zambian government through ministry of Sports has committed itself towards the developmental tournament slated for Lilongwe in December.
“We are one among the three members who have already paid in full the participation fees. This shows how serious we are as a nation. The athletes are also determined and focused ahead of the games”,
“We want to help in implementing this year’s theme which is IGNITING AFRICAN DREAM. We are coming to give it fire Kuyipatsa MOTO. The way preps are going on we are optimistic to win medals in many sports codes”, said Soko.
She further said that apart from winning medals, Zambia will be aiming at building future teams in different sports codes that will be force to reckon with in Africa and World over.
About 320 Zambian delegates are expected to arrive in the country to partake in different sports codes at the tournament which Soko said it is the biggest number have never had in previous editions.
“The number of athletes is so huge for the first time in the history which shows how serious the new leadership led by President Hakainde Hichilema is in Sports development in the country”, she said.
Zambia who has been doing better in the previous editions the recent one being in MASERU, Lesotho are bringing in eleven sports codes namely; Athletics, Athletics VI, Boxing, Basketball, Football, Judo, Netball, Tennis, Taekwando, Swimming and Volleyball.
Before the main tournament in December, Malawi will host trial games from mid October.
African Union Region 5 Youth Games Chief Executive Officer Stanley Mutoya said CDM will be anticipated to meet this month of October with full data of all the athletes and officials who are coming to participate for proper logistics arrangement.
About 2,500 Athletes and officials are anticipated to participate in this year’s Region 5 Youth games.
This is the 11 edition and Malawi is hosting the games for the first time after failing to host it in 2004.
Meanwhile Region 5 Youth Games Lilongwe 2022 Limited Company Local Organizing Committee will unveil the 50 days count down on October 12, 2022,in a ceremony anticipated to take place at Civic Offices in Lilongwe
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