Saturday, April 13, 2024

Malawi Passes AUSC Region 5 Chairmanship Baton to Namibia

Makndawire Passing over the Chairmanship to Namibia

Malawi’s Sports Minister, Uchizi Mkandawire, expressed appreciation for the assistance provided to the Ministry of Sports in preparing and carrying out the 2022 Lilongwe African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games. Mkandawire conveyed these sentiments during the recent AUSC Ordinary Council of Ministers Meeting, where the symbolic transition of Chairmanship from Malawi to the upcoming hosts, led by Namibian Minister Agnes Tjongarero, took place.

As the outgoing Chairperson, Mkandawire emphasized Malawi’s commitment to implementing resolutions from the meeting, including the focus on investing in school sports.

“It was a challenging task to host the games but I must admit we received tremendous help from the President, with resources needed in preparation and readiness for the games in terms of the infrastructure and other investments therefore we are proud to have succeeded and we look forward to Namibia who take up the challenge.

“A few years ago the country initiated a program for schools called the Malawi youth games, which are implemented by Malawi school sports association with support from Malawi national council for sports and we believe we are going in the right direction with hopes of up scaling various sports disciplines in schools,” the Minister added.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for AUSC, Stanley Mutoya hailed outgoing Chairperson for his exceptional leadership that stirred the council in the right direction.

“One of the key outcomes from the meeting is that the 2024 & 11th edition of the Region 5 Youth Games will be hosted by Namibia. The Council has decided to defer the games by five months hence they will be held in May 2025 because the sports calendar in 2024 is packed with AFCON, African Games, Olympics and Paralympics,” Mutoya disclosed.

According to the final communiqué from the  Council’s meeting it was determined among other things that the significance of the Region 5 Youth Games as a flagship product should be strengthen while congratulating Malawi for delivering the Games even under difficult circumstances.

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