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AUSC Region 5 Cancels Activities

CALISTUS KOLANTSHO
The Corona virus outbreak has forced cancellations of all AUSC Region 5 activities PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 has cancelled its activities that were lined up to take place in March and April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The only event that has been left is the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) scheduled May in Eswatini. The awards would proceed if the situation abates.

AUSC Region 5 chief executive officer, Stanley Mutoya said activities that have been postponed are the 2020 games joint chefs de  mission, confederations,  regional organising  committee  and  local organising  committee  meetings  that were scheduled for  Lesotho from March  22-28 in  Maseru.

“The desk officers, women in sport and sport for people with disabilities committees  meetings as well as   sports development and finance and marketing commission  meetings including  secretariat  meetings  that  had  all been  scheduled  for the  period  between  April 1  and  6 have  been  indefinitely postponed. The executive committee meeting scheduled for May 5 and 6 in Maputo, Mozambique as  well  as  the  proposed  regional marathon  tentatively slated for May 16 in South Africa have also been cancelled and new dates would be announced in due course,” he said.

Mutoya said the COVID 19 has shocked the world and poses a serious threat to the sporting industry and AUSC Region 5 has made a conscious decision and paid attention to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and several governments calls to preserve the sanctity of life under the circumstances.

“It is unfortunate that we have had

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to cancel all our events and activities due to the coronavirus. We have not cancelled RASA for now with the hope that the current situation will have improved by end of May,” he said.

The AUSC Region staff is working from home. “We have resorted to telecommuting in order to allow staff to work from home and minimise interacting in public through other means that may expose them to possible infection in the event of any cases,” Mutoya said.

Meanwhile, AUSC Region 5 office recently donated sports equipment to Ramotswa Junior Secondary School. The projects and marketing manager for AUSC Region 5, Siyabonga Sangweni told Monitor Sport that the donation was a way of reaching out to the communities in remote and rural areas as part of the Sports For All initiative in partnership with The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA). “Out of 465 students, 33 students have disabilities. The school has been struggling to fulfil its mandate of giving lessons in physical education for learners with disability due to limited resources,” he said.

Sangweni said for a learner with disabilities, the curriculum requires for practicals to be conducted as part of the assessment. He added that the school had difficulties in achieving that requirement.



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