THE Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 has awarded Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka, a medal of honour for its contributions towards the growth of sports in Africa.
OYDC Board of Trustees chairperson, Shakalima Simangolwa received the award on behalf of the centre during the opening ceremony of the 8th edition of the Region-5 Youth Games yesterday in Botswana.
And centre director, Frederick Chitangala hailed AUSC for recognising the efforts the centre was implementing to contribute to the development of sports in Zambia and Africa.
Chitangala reaffirmed the centres commitment to continue making a diference in the lives of many sports men and women who use it to develop their careers.
“As a centre, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to contribute significantly towards the development of sport in Zambia and the region at large by providing the state of the art sports facilities utilised by all. “The OYDC remains a safe haven for talent identification and will continue to work with local and international sports federations to ensure that Zambia and the region continues to send athletes to competitive games and ensure that they bring honour back home,” Chitangala said.
He hailed the government through the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, the International Olympic Committee and the National Olympic Committee of Zambia for their continued support to the centre in its quest to enhance the development of sports in the country.
Zambia is taking part in the games and is being represented by 74 athletes from various sports disciplines which include; boxing, tennis, athletics, swimming, football, netball and Judo who camped and trained at OYDC before they left on December 3 for Botswana.
As a centre, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to contribute significantly towards the development of sport in Zambia and the region at large by providing the state of the art sports facilities utilised by all. — Chitangala.