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A TRADITIONAL leader says youths in Petauke should actively participate in sports.

Chief Mumbi said sports was important because it helped young people avoid unproductive activities.

Chief Mumbi of Petauke was speaking during a two- day sports festival, organised by Rural Sports Foundation (RSF) at Petauke Day Secondary School.

The chief hailed the Rural Sports Foundation for creating a platform for young people in rural areas to develop their skills.

And Petauke District Council vice chairperson, Roy Tembo, encouraged youths to keep fit by participating in various sports activities.

Tembo promised to work with the RSF to create more sports events in the district to keep youths busy.

RSF director, Job Mwanza, commended the civic leaders in Petauke for participating in the sports festival in which 700 youths competed in various activities that included football and netball.

“It was exciting to see many youths taking part in the sports festival. The festival comes with challenges but I thank our partners ActionAid Zambia for making these events a success.

“We also recognise the support from Southern Africa Aids Trust that allowed 225 girls access free sanitary towels during the festival and not forgetting NAPSA that came in with information on social securities to our participants and spectators,” Mwanza said.

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