Member States urged to proper policies and programmes on sports development

Dec 2, 2022

By Tione Andsen
Lilongwe, December 1, Mana: Member States of African Union (AU) Sports Council Region 5 have been urged to ensure that proper policies and programmes on sports development are put in place and implemented in our region.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Tembo made the remarks Thursday during the opening ceremony of the African Union (AU) Sports Council Region 5 Council of Ministers’ meeting at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

She said there was need to do more at both policy and technical levels in order to improve our performance to match with our claims of being a leading region in Africa.

Tembo noted that, “The performance of the region on the international scene does not reflect how we value and rate ourselves against other regions.”

She said sports remain an important tool in ensuring empowerment of women and young people, individuals and communities, as well as promotion of health, education and social inclusion objectives.

The Minister said more importantly, sports was an important tool towards our regional, and subsequently, continental integration.
“Let us avoid taking sports only as a physical activity but also as an effective vehicle for the fulfillment of our regional integration agenda,” Tembo added.

She said Malawi was greatly honoured to host the 10th edition of the AU Region 5 that would be held under the theme: Igniting the African Dream”.

Tembo pointed out that Malawi has worked diligently to ensure the success hosting the Youth Games.

“We are, therefore, honoured and pleased to host these important games, that will officially start on Friday, December 2, 2022, and finish on December 11, 2022,” she added.

The Minister extended sincere gratitude to the Council of Ministers for its able leadership in the region which has seen Region 5 become the leading region of all the five African Union Sports Council regions.

She thanked governments of all member countries that have allowed their athletes and officials to come and participate in the games.
Chairperson of the African Union Region 5 Council of Ministers who is also Malawi’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Richard Chimwendo Banda said Malawi is ready to host the AUSC Region 5 Youth games.

He thanked Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and Regional Organizing Committee (ROC) for their coordinated support towards preparation for the games.

Banda hoped that the games would bring excitement among supporters and countries would be aiming at winning more medals.
Mayor of city of Lilongwe, Councillor, Richard Banda said hosting the games give Lilongwe City a special recognition.

He said the youth games would leave a long lasting sports legacy to most athletes that would take part in various sporting codes.

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