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YOUTH GAMES END ON HIGH NOTE
19/12/18
GABORONE - The 8th Edition of the Region 5 Youth Games came to a close on Sunday with a colorful and spectacular ceremony at the University of Botswana indoor arena.
The closing ceremony delivered a fitting tribute to the remarkable 12-day-event, which was characterised by extraordinary teamwork and marvelous community participation.
Under 20 athletes from nine countries including Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe had descended to Botswana to sweat it out for medals in various sporting codes like football, netball, tennis, boxing, judo, swimming, athletics for visually impaired and basketball.

YOUTH GAMES END ON HIGH NOTE

GABORONE - The 8th Edition of the Region 5 Youth Games came to a close on Sunday with a colorful and spectacular ceremony at the University of Botswana indoor arena.
The closing ceremony delivered a fitting tribute to the remarkable 12-day-event, which was characterised by extraordinary teamwork and marvelous community participation.
Under 20 athletes from nine countries including Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe had descended to Botswana to sweat it out for medals in various sporting codes like football, netball, tennis, boxing, judo, swimming, athletics for visually impaired and basketball.
The past week was very eventful, with displays of talent in different fields of play with jubilation over strides achieved and sorrow moments over the losses that some teams suffered. 
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Assistant Minister of Youth Employment, Sport and Culture Development, Dikgang Makgalemele applauded the local organising committee, officials and volunteers who worked hard to ensure that the games were a success. 
Makgalemele noted that the task of hosting such games was tedious and very expensive for governments. 
He therefore called for a review on regional rules and regulations of hosting such games in order to generate income to assist hosting government and cut certain costs. 
“The Region 5 games are developmental games therefore should not demand major infrastructure development hence basic facilities should suffice so that countries that cannot afford to develop the infrastructure due to economic challenges are not denied an opportunity to host the games,” he said. 
He highlighted that the games were meant to help the region identify future global stars who needed to be nurtured and prepared for upcoming continental and international competitions hence pleaded with team officials to make it a priority that the talent identified during the games was well mentored to reach their full potential. The 9th edition of the games would be hosted by Lesotho in 2020. BOPA

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