…of continued Govt support to centre of excellence for sport
GOVERNMENT will continue to support the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) which is developing athletes to represent the country at Olympic Games and regional competitions, says Youth, Sport and Child Development Minister Moses Mawere Speaking during a familiarisation tour of the centre, the minister said he was impressed that the OYDC was a busy point, where athletes from communities and other parts of the Zambia were training from. The minister instructed the Permanent Secretary to ensure that the OYDC is launched as the National Centre of Excellence for Sport. The minister who was accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Agnes Musunga, Director of Sport Bessie Chelemu, Director Human Resource and Administration Alphonso Banda and other senior officers in the Ministry commended the OYDC for its services and facilities it offered. Mawere also toured the ’90 Days Legacy’ swimming pool at the centre which hosted athletes in swimming competitions. He also toured the OYDC Lodge, which accommodates athletes, delegates, sport federation representatives and others who use the OYDC for different events. And OYDC Director Clement Chileshe, who welcomed the Minister and his entourage said the Centre since inception has continued to host athletes of which some have represented the country at the Olympic Games. Chileshe, said through the partnership of Samsung, Teulings, Zamtel and other corporate partners the Centre has continued to host the Youth Sport Challenge developing athletes being selected to play for the national team and local clubs.