18 December 2012

Zambia: Govt Salutes Athletes

Government has congratulated Zambian athletes for minting 41 medals during the just-ended 2012 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games won by South Africa with 132 medals.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Kennedy Sakeni said in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday that the splendid performance by the Zambian athletes represents the emerging spirit of a winning nation under the Patriotic Front Government.

Sakeni, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson, also thanked the hospitality industry, business houses, law enforcement agencies and the public at large for their role in the successful hosting of the games.

"On behalf of the Government and people of Zambia, I convey hearty congratulations to Zambian sportsmen and women for reaping a total of 41 medals in the just-ended Supreme Council for Sports in Africa Zone Six Youth Games.

The splendid performance by our young men and women represents the emerging spirit of a winning nation under the Patriotic Front Government," he said.

Sakeni said the importance of the games goes beyond medals and entertainment and that the games are an important platform for promoting peace and unity in the region.

South Africa emerged overall winners with 132 medals followed by Namibia 65 and Zambia on 41, Mozambique with 26, Botswana 33, Angola 14, Lesotho 13, Zimbabwe 16, Swaziland on five with Malawi on 12 while Mauritius and Seychelles with none.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has hailed soccer fans for turning up in large numbers and supporting the Zambian junior teams during the Zone Six Games.

The football tournaments of the Zone Six Games doubled as this year's annual COSAFA junior championships.

Kalusha said the country has had wonderful Games and that the past two weeks have been full of action adding that commendation should go to Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili for a wonderful organisation and leadership in ensuring that Zambia hosted its first ever major sports championship.

"I would like to through him (Kambwili) to President Michael Sata, who is also our patron, convey our commendation. Let me also commend the fans for their fantastic support.

From start to finish, they supported our boys and girls. They were there for all games and that made our games even more successful and rank them among the best ever hosted. Credit goes to them all. As FAZ, we would like to encourage them to continue rallying with our teams," Kalusha said.

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