Govt. calls for a strong team for the Gaborone Athletics championship

Howard Sikwela - center
Howard Sikwela - center

GOVERNMENT has called on young athletes to be disciplined and display their skills if they are to compete efficiently at international level.

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Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Rev. Howard Sikwela says young athletes should train hard enough so that Zambia can come up with formidable teams to challenge opponates at the forth coming zone six games in Bostwana.


Rev, Sikwela advised the athletes to adhere to the set guidelines regarding the under 13 and 17 athletes for the nation to come up with a correct team to represent Zambia in Botswana.


“In cases where some provinces would be found to be cheating in terms of age of the participants, stein measures must be taken to avoid embarrassments,” he said.

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ZANIS sports reports that the Permanent Secretary said this during the official opening of the Zambia Schools Sports Association (ZASSA) and National Head-teachers Association of Zambia (NHAZ) Inter provincial track and field events and chess competitions in Ndola April 14th.


He also warned participants against writing on walls in the toilets or any part of Levy Mwanawasa stadium where the event is taking place.


Rev. Sikwela said government is committed to sports for young people through construction of sports facilities and rendering support regardless of their age, sex or physical appearance.


The three days event whose theme is “Celebrating fifty (50) years of Zambia’s Independence and promoting child health through sports.”


And ZASSA Vice president Martin Bwembya noted that sport had developed since Zambia’s attainment of independence through the support of government.

Bwembya said sport would improve further through infrastructure development in schools as talent would be identified at grass root level.


He explained that ZASSA has started a program of integrating children with special needs in sports activities at national level.


He however said the challenge that ZASSA was faced with is acquiring equipment and facilities for children with special education needs.

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