By Dorica Mtenje
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-As the country awaits to host the Africa Union Sports council Region 5 in December this year, the sporting is expected to contribute towards tourism much needed foreign currency.
Minister of Sports, Richard Chimwendo revealed this on Friday, July 1, 2022 during the launch of the Tenth edition of the Region 5 youth games.
Chimwendo said the region youth 5 games will open sporting industry that will create jobs and improves lives and livelihood.
He said over 2000 athletes and officials from ten region 5 member countries and 5 non region SADC member state will gather for sporting experience.
Chimwendo said the country will forever hold sport in high esteem and the nation will cerebrate it’s sporting heroes and heroines.
The minister says, “Malawi’s interest should not be limited to the results of out of the fields play rather faculties needed to be tuned towards the event deliveries key social outcomes that will forever change the face of our national development”.
Chimwendo added that the country needs to position itself strongly as a bloc regional to challenge for accolades and host major international events because of the games.
The games will lead to human capital development through training of over 400 technical officials who will thereafter raise the Malawi flag higher by officiating at other major international competition.
In his remarks, Chairperson for the Regional Organising Committee,Stanley Matoya said launch of the games shows that the games have arrived back in the country.
Matoya said Malawi failed to host the games in 2003 under Supreme council for sport in Africa zone VI under 20 before being transformed into 2014 into Region 5 youth Games and the games have come back were they were birthed 21 years ago.
He said the committee will remain collectively consistent in purpose and action in supporting Malawi to deriver an historic and memorable games edition ever.
The games are slated from December 2 to 11, 2022 and expected to host 10 countries from the SADC regions.