Zim in the running to host the African Games

the herald Ellina Mhlanga and Tadious Manyepo ZIMBABWE could be in the running to host the 2027 All Africa Games after Youth, Sports, Arts and Leisure Minister Kirsty Coventry revealed yesterday that she had opened

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Ellina Mhlanga and Tadious Manyepo

ZIMBABWE could be in the running to host the 2027 All Africa Games after Youth, Sports, Arts and Leisure Minister Kirsty Coventry revealed yesterday that she had opened high-level talks with the African Games Commission. the African Union.

Although discussions are still in their infancy, there are positive indications that the continental jamboree could take place in Zimbabwe for the second time after the country successfully hosted the 1995 edition.

Coventry told the media after meeting AU Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma and her team that there was a possibility of the All Africa Games being hosted by the Zimbabwe in 2027.

Ghana will host the biannual festival in three cities next year.

“We are here with the AUC Commissioner, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma, and we are very happy that she and her team are here. We basically had two or three things we were discussing.

“The first one was on my side and we just want to thank Her Excellency for the support she gives us as a ministry on our junior parliament, languages ​​and cultural issues and we had representation directly from her office. And today today (yesterday) we discussed sport including the next (African) Games in Ghana in 2023 and future Games in 2027 and the possibility of what Zimbabwe could host,” Coventry said.

“It’s not finalized, we just had discussions and we are very honored to have His Excellency’s team here.”

Cessouma praised the hospitality offered by Zimbabwe and confirmed that they were looking into how this country could host the African Games in 2027.

“I would like to thank the Government of Zimbabwe, the President (President Mnangagwa) for your hospitality.

“We had fruitful discussions. We learn from your country.

“We are also here to see how Zimbabwe can host the next African Games in 2027. You already have experience. We were here in 1995. It is very important.

Earlier, Cessouma had attended the handing over of the certificate to the participants of the three-day training workshop on visual impairment classification which ended yesterday in Harare.

The workshop was organized by Region Five of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC).

Twelve participants from Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe took part.

The workshop, aimed at training optometrists from member countries as classifiers for athletes with visual impairments, was facilitated by Lynette Masiiwa, an International Paralympic Committee educator and classifier.

She commended the AUSC Region Five initiative.

“This meeting to train classifiers for athletes with visual impairments is very important. I remember seeing in Japan, it was a game for people living with disabilities, I said it’s very important and in Africa we don’t want to be on the margins of this process, we have need for inclusiveness.

“And what you are doing is very important and I would like to congratulate Region Five of the African Union Sports Council for taking the lead in organizing this very important training.

“I am sure that the training that the participants have undergone over the past three days will allow more visually impaired athletes to participate in sports at different levels,” said Cessouma.

She said that sport has a unique ability and power to promote social development, peace, stability and bringing people together.

Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Permanent Secretary Thokozile Chitepo said they hoped the training would increase the participation and inclusion of athletes with disabilities.

“What we witnessed today was a three-day training of optometrists from different countries in the Region, who came here to receive training on how to classify different levels of visual impairment.

“And we have noticed that many of our athletes who have some sort of visual impairment are not accredited to compete in various regional and international competitions because they have not been properly classified.

“This is a very important aspect of the classification of people with visual or physical disabilities and so this is the first time for us in Southern Africa that the African Union Region Five Council has decided to bring together a number of optometrists to learn to classify.

“So hopefully that will increase participation and we would also like there to be more awareness that you can actually participate as an athlete if you get yourself or become ranked and ranked,” Chitepo said. .

Some of the expected results include an increase in the number of optometrists serving as vision coaches in member countries and an increase in the number of athletes with visual impairments participating in Regional Youth Games.

Gracious Phiri, a participant from Zimbabwe, said she was grateful for the opportunity.

“We are happy to have received this training which will not only impact Zimbabwe but also Africa as a whole, because with our Paralympic athletes ranked here, we know we will do a good job and they will not will not be refused when participating in international competitions.

“So we are happy to have learned a lot on how to do it and also hope that we will get the required equipment which we also use for the classification exercises, so we are very grateful,” said Phiri.

Some of the delegates who attended the ceremony include the Director of Social Development, Culture and Sports of the African Union, Mariama Cisse Mohamed, Coordinator of the African Union Sports Council Dr Decius Chipande, Head of Sports of the African Games Lina Paul Kessy, Director of Sports at the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Eugenia Chidhakwa and African Union Sports Council Region Five Programs Manager Sombwa Musunsa.