OYDC HON­OURED

Daily Nation Newspaper - - INSIDE SPORTS - By SPORTS RE­PORTER

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.

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