9 August 2011

Zambia: Seven Picked for Youth Games Squad

ZAMBIA will send a seven-member squad of five athletes and two coaches for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games scheduled for September 7-13 in the Isle of Man.

The athletes are Obed Mutapa and Charles Lumbwe (boxers), Harry Mulenga (runner), Chishala Mukuka and Ralph Goveia (swimmers) and Chongo Mulenga, badminton

The five athletes will be accompanied to the tiny island which lies in the Irish Sea between the United Kingdom and Ireland by boxing coach Musonda Chinungu and his swimming counterpart Chisela Kanchela.

National Olympic Committee (NOC) general secretary, Hazel Kennedy explained that the low-key contingent drawn from four disciplines was all the number the body could send with support from the Commonwealth.

Kennedy said the fourth Commonwealth Games were the equivalent of the Junior Olympics aimed at giving a chance to athletes to showcase the skills, readying them for the senior events.

"So, hopefully we can see the graduation of these juniors to be able to participate at the next Commonwealth Games. As you know the Commonwealth has started a development programme equivalent to the junior Olympics," she said.

The Bowl Stadium at the National Sports Centre in the capital, Douglas will stage the opening ceremony on September 7 while the closing ceremony will be held at Douglas Promenade & the Villa Marina.

With the population of only 80,058 people at the last count in 2006, the Isle of Man is a self-governing British crown dependency located in the Irish Sea, but is not part of the UK.

Its foreign relations and defence are the responsibility of the UK Government although it does not interfere in the island's domestic matters but it's ultimately the responsibility of Queen Elizabeth II.

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