AUSC region 5 urges member countries to target podium finishes

By ZBC Reporter
The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) has implored member states to come up with strategies and mechanisms to produce podium finish athletes, instead of just celebrating Olympic qualification.
As the leading international sporting events featuring competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate beckon, the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 has urged member states to work towards producing podium finish athletes.
AUSC Region 5 Chief Executive Officer Stanley Mutoya highlighted the need for the region to stop celebrating Olympic qualification but rather put in place mechanisms to identify, nurture and produce top athletes.
“We are urging our member states to work towards producing top athletes not just celebrate qualification. Right now as a region we are working towards a programme which will enable us to identify and nurture talent over a period of time and perhaps produce top athletes who will compete at the highest level,” said Mutoya.
Buttressing AUSC Region 5’s vision, Zimbabwe Olympic Committee president Admire Masenda said their association has come up with a long term plan to achieve podium finish athletes.
“There’s need for a link between the primary up to the national level for athletes whereby we know where these athletes will be going afterward. This has been the missing link so we have come up with an 8-year strategic plan that will enable us to pick and work with athletes to produce top athletes,” said Masenda.
Zimbabwe participated for the first time at the Olympic Games in 1980, and the 2014 Olympics in Sochi marked the country’s first participation at the Winter Olympics.
The Olympic Games which are held every four years are considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations taking part.