‘Hosting sports events cardinal’

DEPUTY Minister of Youth and Sport Christopher Mulenga says hosting of events like the Confederation of Universities and Colleges Sports Association (CUCSA) Games enhances sports development.
Speaking during the official opening of the CUCSA Games at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Monday, Mulenga said staging such events is a cornerstone for development.
“In spite of this, these games are rewarding as they enhance regional cooperation and understanding and provide the participants the opportunity to realise their potential and attain excellence,” he said.
Mulenga said Government is happy that the games’ theme coincides with the country’s 50th independence celebration.
The theme is ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Body and Mind through Sport’.
“As Ministry of Youth and Sport, we are proud to be associated with this activity especially that participation promotes a well-balanced body and prepares one for academic work,” Mulenga said.
The event has attracted ten countries – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and hosts Zambia.
The participating countries will compete for glory in five sports disciplines -football, netball, basketball, volleyball and table tennis.
Meanwhile, University of Zambia vice-chancellor Stephen Simukanga said sporting activities have been accepted at international level.
“As a strong believer, I urge you to look seriously in the value chain of these games. We recognise the value of sports in developing a healthy body and value of time. May this event be filled with memories,” he said.

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