15 November 2012

Angola: Official Highlights State's Commitment to Sports During Civil Conflict

Luanda — The director-general of Progresso do Sambizanga Club, António Gomes "Tony Estraga", has highlighted the commitment of the Angolan state to the materialization of sports activities during the war that swept the country, deeming this attitude as having been the key to the conquest of several medals in continental and international competitions.

Speaking to ANGOP, in Luanda City, in the ambit of the 37th anniversary of Angola's independence, marked on November 11, the sports official said that thanks to the support of the authorities the players, coaches and other agents have given the best of themselves to represent with dignity the colours of the Angolan flag in various competitions.

"Internally it has been a factor of unity, because we travelled to all corners of Angola and we did not have unpleasant situations, even in those provinces that were the most affected by the war. The state showed courage in creating conditions for all activities to take place and in considering that sport was a factor of balance, in face of the moment the country was experiencing", he explained.

According to him, sport continues to be a factor of stability and national unity, since it congregates all Angolans, regardless of their political affiliation and religion.

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