Preparations for the upcoming AUSC Region 5 Youth Games, which will be hosted in Botswana in December 2018, have started. The games’ Local Organising Committee (LOC) which was unveiled this week has launched the games and games’ logo. It has been revealed that the games will be called the Region 5 Youth Games Gaborone 2018. They will be hosted under the theme “Together celebrating excellence”. Speaking at the launch Vice Chairman of the AUSC Region 5 George Jana applauded Botswana for agreeing to host the 2018 edition of these games; saying by agreeing to this the Government of Botswana has shown her commitment towards youth development which is the main aim of these games. He said these games have been the bedrock of high performance and has produced iconic athletes throughout the region. “We wish that the aim of these games continue to be achieved and many more athletes are produced through them,” he said. Jana called on member countries to work on raising the standards of hosting the games as well as of the athletes. He said in future qualifying standards will be raised to help take the games to a higher standard, saying the region will continue to help hosting nations to deliver successful games.
The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Thapelo Olopeng said as the country Botswana endeavours to use sport as a tool to transform the lives of her people. Olopeng said hosting these games therefore brings excitement to government. He also promised that they will do everything in their power to make the games a success. He, however, called on all stakeholders to come on board to help government. “The vision of these games is to inspire excellence and set new benchmarks. Their theme is very significant because excellence is a group effort and not an individual effort. The successful hosting is inspired and determined by team work. So it is important for all to come on board and contribute to these games,” he said.
The minister, who also revealed the members of the local organising committee for the games, thanked them for agreeing to take on this mammoth task. He said he believe that their dedication and professionalism will help them deliver successful games. Olopeng also assured the LOC of his assistance at any time should they need it. “My office is always open should you need any assistance,” he said.
Labbeaus Peloewetse – Chairman
Tsoseletso Magang – Vice chairman
Raj Rathedi – Head of Technical
Tapiwa Masunga – Head, Ceremonies & Events
Girish Ramakrishna – Head of Finance
Unaswi Matebu – Head, Environmental services
Itumeleng Ramsden – Head, Marketing & sponsorships
Lt Col Patrick Phefo – Head, Transport Services
Golesedi Chankuluba – Head of Accommodation
Bonnie Bareki – Head of Security
Reginald frank – Head, Venues & Infrastructure
Mpho Segakise – Head of Accreditation
Mpho Mfolwe – Head of Protocol
Kgalalelo Babish – Head of Catering
Steve Bothasitse – General Manager