AUSCR 5 LOC launched

08th March 2018
ATHLETES: Track and field athletes Source:The Midweek Sun

The Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development officially launched the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games Local organizing Committee (LOC) this week in Gaborone.

Botswana will be hosting the 8th edition of the under 20 games in Gaborone from the 7th -16th December 2018. The committee comprises of Labbeaus Peloewetse as Chairperson, Tsoseletso Magang as the Vice Chairperson and Raj Rathedi as the Head of Technical. Tapiwa Masunga is the Head of Ceremonies and Events, Girish Ramakrishma as Head of Finance, Unaswi Matebu as Head of Environmental Services while Itumeleng Ramsden leads the Marketing and Sponsorship department.

Adding to the list is Steve Bothasitswe as General Manager, Lt Col Patrick Phefo as head of Transport Services. Golesedi Chankuluba will be leading the Accommodation issues, Bonni Bareki for Security, Reginald Frank as head of Venues and Infrastructure. Mpho Segaise as head of Accreditation, Mpho Mfolwe head of Protocol and Kgalelo Babish heading Catering.

Unveiling the LOC, minister Thapelo Olopeng said he is confident that the team will deliver to expectation as it is made up of dedicated professionals who will deliver world-class games. Held under the theme ‘Together Celebrating Excellence’ with the slogan My time, My Turn, Olopeng said the successful hosting of the games is inspired and determined by teamwork.

The regional tournament brings together 10 member states of Angola, Lesotho, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “ The vision for these games is to inspire excellence and set new benchmarks. The games will attract the best under 20 athletes from this counties and give them international exposure,” Olopeng said. The games he said will feature Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Netball, Football, Volleyball and Gyminastics among others.

Olopeng further alluded that to ensure the successful hosting of the games the ministry has invested in infrastructure development, refurbishment and maintenance of facilities.

Still at the launch, Peloewetse said his team will work tirelessly to ensure that the games are a success. However, he noted that they are still calling for support from all government ministries and the participation of the private sector. He said they have been tasked with a huge responsibility and they have nine months left, “We cannot perform miracles, we need all support because we will be knocking at your doors more often”, he said.

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