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‘Centres of excellence on cards’

By ROBINSON KUNDA
GOVERNMENT is working on establishing centres of excellence for sport.
Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili said the establishment of the centres of excellence will result in the creation and introduction of sports professionalism.
Kambwili said this in Lusaka yesterday when Sydney Siame, who won a gold medal in 100m at the just-ended Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and other athletes who participated at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, presented medals to him.
He said professionalism in sport will enable a good number of talented athletes to train and represent the country at various sports engagements.
“Sydney Siame, at the age of 17 years, you have just acquired yourself a nick-name  ‘World’s fastest kid’ from the just-ended 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.
“This is the first ever gold medalist for athletics in Zambia, you have proved to be the youngest and the fastest runner ever in your category so far and this is not a mean achievement but an outstanding record that should be appreciated,” Kambwili said.
The minister also hailed the outstanding performance of runners Brian Kasinda, Godfrey Chama and Abigail Chongo for reaching the finals of their respective categories in China.
Kambwili commended the Elias Mpondela-run Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) and National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) chairperson Mwamba Kalenga for their hard work.
He said the introduction of talent identification programme and the high performance centre by ZAAA has started bearing fruits.
Kambwili also paid tribute to judoka Boas Munyonga and boxer Ben Muziyo for winning bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games.

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