Lesotho is ready to host the African Union Sports Council Region 5 games in 2020.
“We are still on time”, says Mofihli Makoele Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) Acting Chief Executive Officer in an exclusive interview.
Makoele said as part of preparations for hosting the games Lesotho signed protocol on December, 14 2017.
“The practice is that protocol should be signed in 36 months before the event, therefore it is done”, said Makoele.
After three months of signing local organization committee should be launched.
“LOC is not yet in place, but as soon as possible the Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation may launch the LOC”, said LSRC CEO.
LSRC CEO said when that happens they will be ahead of most of the countries which hosted prior to Lesotho.
He made an example of Angola, Botswana and Zambia.
Makoele showed that some of the responsibilities of LOC include employing the staff and composition of 14 committees to mention a few.
“LOC is an autonomous entity”, added Makoele.
In the meantime, the Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation has employed the staff, which would be handed over to the LOC as soon as it is launched.
Makoele said the ministry and LSRC had submitted the estimated budget and approved.
“The budget includes infrastructure such as competition and practice venues. Most venues will be constructed “, said LSRC CEO.
He said the facilities that need to be constructed include venues for basketball, volleyball, judo, gymnastics, swimming, netball, boxing, taekwondo and possibly athletics.
Tennis and football may not need any competition venues because they already exist.
AUSC Region 5 Chief Officer Stanley Mutoya told Lesotho journalists at Avani Lesotho that the region is composed of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The head office is based in Botswana.
He said Lesotho is obligated to host in 2020.
According to Mutoya, AUSC Region 5 under 20 Youth Games is the arm of African union.
Mutoya said sports for people with disability and women in sports programmes are priorities of AUSC region 5.
Therefore they are mandated to promoting women and girls.
“We are creating the situation that women participate in all structures”, said AUSC Region 5 CEO
Mutoya said the aim is to capacitate 200 women in the region.
As a result, 20 women and girls from each country would be trained on management and other sectors.
“We need to grow our home made. They call this place Africa, we call it home”, concluded Mutoya.