Private sector challenged to help government to deliver regional 5 youth games

Government has challenged the private sector and the corporate world to join hands to deliver regional 5 youth games in the country in December 2022.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Richard Chimwendo Banda made the challenge Friday during the  launch of the Lilongwe 2022 10th African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Regional 5 Youth games at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC)) in Lilongwe 

He said the regional 5 youth games would provide business opportunities to the private sector and corporate world in order to boost the country’s economic development.

“We are expecting that the private sector and corporate world will partner with the government to ensure the successful delivery of the games by providing necessary support in order to portray a good image of the country,” Chimwendo Banda said.

Chimwendo Banda(L): Corporate world and private sector should support the delivery of the games-Pic by Roy Nkosi.

He said the government alone could not deliver the games but it requires the effort of progressive captains of industry and commerce for it to happen.

The Minister said the hosting of the games should be viewed as a national project which requires the support of all sectors in the country.

He added the games call for innovations and excellence to sustain them and be able to be used as a global showcase for some of the athletes. 

Chimwendo Banda hoped that the Ministry with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) would deliver the games with a reasonable budget in line with austerity measures in place. 

Chimwendo Banda (R) lights the games torch -Pic by Roy Nkosi

“We are grateful that the games will bring hospital equipment like MRI scanning, renovation of hostels and hospitals, and provide human capital development by training 400 technical officials who will be used to officiate major tournaments in the near future,” he added. 

He said Lilongwe as a city would be able to hoist over, 3, 000 international athletes for over 15 days, accommodating 270 international delegates and they would be creating of 400 temporary jobs. 

Chimwendo Banda said there was a need to prioritize upgrading public facilities to enable people to have equal access to the games.

He said people should stand to benefit from the investment government was making in competition venues. 

Chairperson for AUSC Regional Organizing Committee (ROC), Stanley Mutoya said the launch signifies the willingness of Malawi to host the youth games.

He said this shows that Malawi was ready to host the games that every athlete, coach, technical official, and sports administrators are looking forward to being part of in December 2022.  

Chairperson of LOC, Dennis Mombera said the LOC has been humbled to carry the mantle to host the youth games.

He commended the government for entrusting the committee to deliver the historical and memorable regional 5 youth games in the country. 

The games are expected to be staged from December 2 to 11, 2022 with 10 countries participating.