By MICHAEL MIYOBA
MINISTER of Sports Youth and Child Development, Moses Mawere has hailed the Zambian athletes that represented the country and won 27-medals at the Region Five games recently held in Botswana.
Team Zambia obtained 12-gold medal of Five Silver medals and 10-bronze medals and came out fourth at the regional games which featured 11-countries.
Speaking after receiving the medals which the athletes presented to him, Mawere said that the athletes had done the country proud by winning the 27-medals
The minister noted that minting 12-Gold medals is not a mean achievement for the country.
Mawere is hopeful that the Athletes will remain focused and repeat the same performance when they represent the country at future tournaments like the All African Games and Olympics.
He reaffirmed governments’ commitment to creating a conducive environment for sports development including the provision of sports facilities capacity development opportunities for coaches.
“Government will continue to provide policy direction and funding to ensure sustainable sport development at all levels.
“Government will continue to provide strategies such as the podium performance program that ensures the provision of athletes support services to local high performance athletes and the community sport program for talent identification and development,” Mawere said.
Meanwhile, athletics coach Sydney Mushipi who gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the coaches commended Government for the support rendered to the athletes.
Mushipi noted that Team Zambia managed to bring medals home despite the challenges the teams faced while in Botswana.
And Phiri who represented the athletes thanked government for sending the Zambian team for the games. Phiri said the athletes have learnt a lot from the games and hoped to do even better in future championships.
The Africa Union Sports Council region-five games held in Botswana attracted 74-local athletes from deferent sports disciplines such as Boxing, Football, Tennis, Judo, athletics and Swimming.