Malawi on right track to host AUSC Regional 5 youth games

Malawi is on the right track to host the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Regional 5 youth games in December 2022.

Deputy Principal Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Mathoriso Monaheng made the observation Saturday after Ministerial representatives toured the sports facilities and athlete’s villages following the launch of the youth games on Friday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC).

Monaheng: the spirit to host the games is there pic by Tione Andsen (Mana) 

She said the spirit was there for Malawi to be ready to host the youth games and there was a need for support from up to down.

“If they can go single-handedly, they will not attain the hosting but this calls joint effort of all Malawians and all Local Organizing Committee (LOC) teams in the region, “Monaheng viewed.

The PS said the implementation should not be up to down approach and should start with Malawians showing their dedication and willingness to be ready to host the youth games.

“We handed over the touch to Malawi to host the games. We were supposed to host the games in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 situation, we move to 2021 and there were a lot of things that were required to be done but we managed them and hosted the games,” she explained.

Monaheng observed that there was lots of lots work to be done and there was a need to speed up some of the construction and renovations of competition venues.

She said Malawians should know that this is more than a competition and Lesotho has done this before and Malawi could do it also.

Secretary of State for Sport in Mozambique, Carlos Gilberto Mendes said they were glad about what they saw although there a lot of work to be done but believes the people that were are engaged would do it.

“The venues will be prepared in time and my feeling is that Malawi knows that this is a challenge and all key stakeholders should be involved in order to progress.  I don’t like to compare, everybody has their own time. I remember in 2011, Mozambique hosted the African games in Maputo, two months before the start of the game we did have not have a pool for competition,” he recalled.

Mendes said the government of Malawi was very engaged in the process of preparedness which gives the region more encouragement.

Chairperson of the Regional Organizing Committee (ROC), Stanley Mutoya said was happy with the interest and support from support Ministers from the region.

Mutoya: we are happy with the interest the Ministers from the region are showing Pic by Roy Nkosi

He said it was pleasing to note that Ministers were taking a keen interest to provide support towards the setting up of competition venues and athletes' villages.

“The tour of sports facilities and athlete’s villages was meant to appraise them on the status of preparedness and on how they could help to mobilize support towards games. Last week, some of the works had not started but now we have seen that some progress is being made,” Mutoya noted.

The delegation toured Bingu National Stadium, Griffin Saenda Indoor Netball complex, Natural Resources, and Nalikule Athletes villages, Civo Stadium and basket court, and Indoor Aquatic swimming pool at Kamuzu Institute.