“Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
AS the Africa Junior Swimming Championship entered Day-Two at the Olympic Youth Development Centre, Zambia was trailing a distant 10th with South Africa leading the charts on 247 points and an attractive 16 medals.
The 10th edition of the Africa Junior Swimming Championship that has attracted 113 countries, is taking place at the gigantic 90-Days Legacy Swimming pool at the Olympic Youth Development Center (OYDC).
Egypt rallied in second position with 196 points, boasting of two gold, nine silver and six bronze medals, while Namibia had 73 points with one gold medal, one silver and two bronze medals.
Algeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Seychelles, Botswana, Zambia, Mauritius, Malawi and Senegal followed each other in that order in the 200 meters breast stroke.
South Africa who are represented by 20 swimmers, have won 11 gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
Algeria is on 70 points, Kenya recorded 45 points, Zimbabwe has 42 points and Mozambique attained 27 points, while Seychelles and Botswana are at 15 points apiece, Zambia is 10th on 13 points, Mauritius has four points, Malawi has two and Senegal is last with one point.
Though Team Zambia’s Tilka Paljik qualified on Day-One after emerging fifth in the 200 metres breaststroke finals to sail her through to the final round, she has not given up hope of the team getting a medal from the four-day event that ends today
Tilka said despite her team not getting any medals in the competition so far, she is proud of the team because everyone is doing their best, but described the competition as stiff.
Zambia is being represented by 16 swimmers at the championship.
Tilka only managed a sixth position in the final round of qualifiers, finishing her heat in 2 minutes, 59 seconds and 83 milli-seconds, with South Africa’s Tatjan Schoenmaker swimming the fastest in 2 minutes 32 seconds and 95 milliseconds to take first position and also set a new record in the women 200 metres breast stroke.
Schoenmaker was followed by Saad Narmin from Egypt, Roth Toni from Namibia, Nefsi Hamida Algeria, Smalley Molin Namibia, Ogot Akinyi Kenya and another participant from South Africa finishing last.
And South Africa broke five records in the seven new records that have been set.
Kade Wood set a record in the men’s 50 metres butterfly after he beat Kristopher Matoulou’s record set in 2005. Wood timed 26:16 seconds, while Matoulou’s record stood at 26:27 seconds.
THE Judo for Peace seminar and tournament opened at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka yesterday with a call to embrace love and respect.
Judo for Peace director Jan Eiric Schiotz urged athletes to embrace divergent views and to respect other people’s opinions.
Schiotz explained that the sport should be used to sow love rather than hate.
He said the objective of the tournament and seminar was to build citizens who should respect society and seek to assist in bolstering national development.
And Zambia Judo Association president Alfred Foloko said hosting the three-day tournament and seminar was an honour to Zambia.
He said six countries were expected to take part in the IJF and JFP event, which aims to reconcile conflict regions and support development of a better society.
“Although judo is a contact sport, athletes are taught to control their emotions; when you are in control of your emotions you can communicate your needs without threatening or punishing others. This skill is basic in judo training and must be practiced during tournaments and outside the dojos,” said Foloko
South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and hosts Zambia are taking part.
ZAMBIA’S swimming ace Tilka Paljik gave the local swimmers some hope of winning medals at the 2013 Confederation of Aquatic Nations (CANA) 10th Africa Junior Championships that got underway in Lusaka yesterday.
The four-day event has attracted 15 countries and is taking place at the 90 Days Legacy Swimming Pool at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Paljik emerged fifth in the 200 metres breaststroke finals to qualify her to the final round for the day in the 200 metres Breastroke category.
Paljik swam her race in 3 minutes and 59 seconds with Schoenmaker Tatjan from South Africa coming first in that category to finish in 2 minutes, 35 seconds and 05 milli-seconds.
Paljik, who swam in heat two, was by press time expected to compete for a medal.
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