Olopeng Preaches Clean Sport

| May 11, 2015

The Africa Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) need to work as a team to ensure clean sport.

Consequently, the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng, stated that athletes should be warned against the use of drugs as it discredited all the hard work put in sport.

The AUSC Region 5 delegates convened in Gaborone on Saturday (May 9) for the region executive committee meetings that are held twice yearly on rotational basis among member states.

Region 5 members are Botswana, Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Officially opening the event, Minister Olopeng said Botswana was honoured to be hosting the secretariat for both AUSC region 5 and the Africa Zone VI Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO).

He said his ministry also hosted the secretariat of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport to be held in Botswana in 2018 hence pleaded with the region for support.

The minister said the region must double its efforts in reviewing what had been achieved in the execution of the 2013-2018 strategic plan and further focus on implementation of outstanding projects.

He encouraged the countries to continue being innovative and committed to attain world class standards in sport and maintain their position as the best functional regional sport grouping in the continent.

He congratulated all countries that participated in the 2014 AUSC Under 20 Games in Zimbabwe, adding that athletes performed well with games records being broken in swimming and athletics.

He said lessons learnt in Zimbabwe should transform future organisation of these games and be used to mould world class athletes. AUSC Region 5 chairperson, Dr Vetumbuavi Veii, said the region existed for the purpose of ensuring that planned programmes and activities were implemented so as to remain the leading region in Africa.

Dr Veii said countries should gear up for the upcoming All Africa Games billed for Congo, adding that he hoped member countries would pull all stops to attain the region’s desired targets.

He said the meeting discussions and recommendations will be tabled for the ministers’ considerations at the Council of Ministers scheduled for December in Angola.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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