By Leemisa Thuseho (Informative Newspaper)
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MASERU- With 14 months left before the 2020 African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games kick start, the host Lesotho yesterday held a sod-turning ceremony for the games residence halls and facilities to be built at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
NUL was earlier identified as the games village set for December 4 to 13 in Maseru.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Gender, Youth, Sport and Recreation (GYSR) –Dr Mahali Phamotse revealed that they will erect a village at NUL that will include a 3000 bed accommodation, a 3000 seaters stadium and tennis courts. She said the stadium will have ablution facilities and athletics tracks.
“There is also going to be an erection of students’ recreational center,” Phamotse noted.
The sod turning was conducted by Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Monyane Moleleki who believes if it wasn’t because of these games, it was not going to be easy for the university to build such facilities on its own. “Sport is so important that it has become one of the biggest industries in the world today,” he said.
He also pointed out that the construction of these facilities will also create jobs for Basotho.
On the other hand, NUL Vice Chancellor ‘Manthoto Lephoto mentioned that when the concept of the games village was explained to them and the roles they were expected to play, they knew they had to partake in the project and understood this was not about NUL but Lesotho as a country.
“We knew this was one of the strategies that has the potential to bring us together as a country,” she added.
Last month another sod turning ceremony was held at Lepereng in Maseru, for the construction of a new Stadium and Indoor Sports Arena for the same AUSC Region 5 games. The construction is yet to commence.
The project’s cost is roughly estimated to be M2.4 billion.
This will be the first time Lesotho host these biennial games after Botswana in 2018.
Ten approved sporting codes for the games are; Athletics ,Boxing ,Basketball ,Swimming , Gymnastic ,Volleyball , Netball ,Football , Lawn Tennis , and Judo.
Lesotho is expecting 3,000 athletes and 1,500 officials from the ten member states of the games being; Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.