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Aug. 2, 2021

TEBOHO JAFETA

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AUSC Region 5 Games Troika Ministers inspect facilities

AUSC Region 5 Games Troika Ministers inspect facilities

AUSC Troika of Ministers in Maseru on Sunday

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THE African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Troika of Ministers that met in Maseru on Sunday has decided to reconvene in Lesotho after 30 days to assess progress on the delivery of the regional games to be held in December.

This after the visit and inspection of the Maseru African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games facilities inclusive of tennis courts, Setsoto stadium and the National University of Lesotho (NUL) campus on Saturday.

During their Sunday meeting, the AUSC Troika of Ministers made several resolutions on the upcoming games.

In a communique released later that day, the troika resolved that the Lesotho Minister of Gender, Youth, Sport and Recreation Likeleli Tampane should urgently appoint Local Organising Committee (LOC) staff in line with the Regional Organising Committee (ROC) recommendations to build on the success registered to date towards the delivery of exceptional games, cognisant of the effects of the prevailing COVID-19 on athlete preparation and subsequent impact on the quality of competition.  

According to the communique, the troika is committed to delivering safe, secure and exceptional youth games under the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Lesotho government be implored to expedite processes required to speed up the preparations including release of funds and other resources to the LOC to finance their operations in accordance with the Protocol Agreement.  Troika reconvenes in Lesotho after 30 days to assess progress on the delivery of the games.

“Lesotho be encouraged to make alternative plans to secure competition equipment in case the suppliers fail to meet the anticipated delivery date and avoid working under panic,” the communique reads in part.

The troika also resolved that it will request the government to find a way to cushion participating countries to the ninth edition of the Region 5 Games in the cost of COVID-19 tests by considering setting government facilities and avoid use of private facilities that charge exorbitant fees.

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The AUSC Region 5 Troika meeting was chaired by Minister Tampane and attended by Malawi Minister of Youth and Sport, Ulemu Msungama while the Botswana Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare attended virtually.

The AUSC Region 5 Games Maseru 2020 Games will be held in Lesotho from December 3 – 12. The Cooperative College will be used as the Nerve Centre and Information Centre while the NUL campus will be used as the home village for the much anticipated regional youth competition.

This competition which was previously set for December 2020 was postponed due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

Lesotho has not yet unveiled the new LOC after it earlier dissolved the Fusi Notoane-led committee in 2020, while the renovation of selected grounds has not yet commenced.

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