Raising Hope boxers in training session

Raising Hope Boxers training

Photo Focus: Raising Hope boxng coach Peter Chisala coaching his pugilists in the boxing hall at the OYDC.

Boxing at the OYDC is one of the most crowd pullers.

IJF and ZJA conducting IJF level one course

Zambia is currently hosting the 2017 IJF academy Instructor level one coaching course taking place at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere, officially opened the course yesterday and encouraged all the participants to take advantage of the instructors conducting the sessions to learn more on judo.

The minister said government is happy that the coaching course which involves practicals was being conducted in Zambia.

Over 20 participants from 11 African countries are taking part in the course.

The coaching course will end on the 22 May, 2017.

Teulings Youth Sports Challenge Competition Sponsor confident of Zambia minting Gold medals at future Olympic Games

Coen Teulings, and his wife Pauline Krayenhoff, greeting hockey players after watching the Teulings Youth Sports Challenge

At his recent visit at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC), Mr. Coen Teulings, the sponsor of the now sports household name among youths and coaches “the Teulings Youth Sports Challenge”, has tipped Zambian athletes to mint Gold medals during the commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Football players representing teams which are part of the Teulings Youth Sports Challenge applauding Coen Teulings during a tour

Mr. Teulings, notes that it is gratifying that athletes who are part of the Teulings Youth Sports Challenge which is usually hosted at the multi-sport facility are showing motivating sporting skills which he never expected to see stating that there is impressive talent in the young athletes at the OYDC who have continued to be nurtured through the Teulings league Games.

He encouraged the athletes in the different sports disciplines to make use of the league games to shape their sports career and bring out positive results to put Zambia on the map of countries with top gold medalist athletes.

Teulings, arrived in Zambia on Thursday 11th May 2017 accompanied by his wife Pauline Krayenhoff, and on Saturday 13th May, 2017 the duo toured the Teulings Youth Sports monthly competitions which were held at the centre.

Boys’ teams compete in the Teulings beach volleyball league. The beach volleyball court at the OYDC is the first of its kind in Zambia

And his wife Krayenhoff, said the number of girl representation in different sports disciplines is interesting adding that the joy on their faces shows an enormous opportunity to develop their skills.

The Teulings Youth Sports Challenge has four (4) sports disciplines hockey, basketball, tennis and beach volley. However, individual athletes from other sports codes that have been identified to have exceptional talent, have been drafted in the “Teulings Academy Support or Sponsorship programme” where they are supported with among others accommodation and meals in camp, medicals, transport and school support.

Mr. Coen Teulings, the Chairman of the Merifini Capital in Belgium last visited the OYDC in 2014.

Meanwhile, Centre Director Clement Chileshe, says it is through the Teulings Youth Sports Challenge that the OYDC produced elite athletes who have represented the country at international level of which some are playing for senior national teams.

He disclosed that the Teulings leagues have been successfully hosted at the Centre for the last six years. He cited Prosper Chiluya (football), Loveness Mudenda (Hockey), Sydney Siame (Athletics), Daniel Mbewe (Athletics), Choolwe Hamalambo (Table tennis) and Hazembe Chindamba (Athletics) as some of the athletes who have greatly benefited from the Teulings Academy sponsorship.

And Loveness Mudenda and Hazemba Chindamba testified of benefiting from the Teulings academy respectively.

Mudenda, said it was through the Teulings Youth sports challenge that her hockey team qualified to participate in the 2014 winter Olympics Games in Nanjing China were her team was ranked 8th in the world.

And Hazemba, said the Teulings sponsorship is worth emulating as it has continued to help many but underprivileged athletes in the country.
Tennis, Beach volleyball, Hockey, and Basketball are the games that took place at the weekend.

The Teulings project has helped positively change people’s lives and hugely contributed to the formation of youth leagues that has given a lot of youths the opportunity to participate in organised and competitive sport.

Coen Teulings impressed with athletes

Coen Teulings the sponsor of the Teulings Youth Sports Challenge at the OYDC says he is impressed with the performances of athletes who are part of the youth leagues.

Speaking to journalists in Lusaka at the OYDC when he toured the games supported by him he disclosed that Zambia has good chances of minting gold medals at Olympic Games and other competitions.

He urged athletes to be more focused and ensure that they utilise the Teulings league to shape their sports skills.

Teulings arrived in the country on Thursday 11th May, 2017 accompanied by his wife Pauline Pauline Krayenhoff.

And Krayenhiff, was impressed to see the number of girls participating in the Teulings league.

She encouraged the athletes to keep the spirit of taking part in the leagues games at the OYDC.

Teulings Youth league sponsor arrives

Coen Teulings the Chief Executive of the Merifin Capital in Belgium is in Zambia at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

Teulings arrived in the country on Thursday 11th May, 2017 accompanied by his wife Pauline Krayenhoff.

The duo were welcomed by Centre Director Clement Chileshe.

The Teulings Youth Sports Challenge has four (4) sports disciplines hockey, basketball, tennis, and volleyball supported by Coen Teulings, Chief Executive of the Merifini Capital in Belgium.

Teulings will on Saturday 13th May, 2017 tour the Teulings Youth Sport Challenge games at the OYDC.

The Teulings project has helped positively change people’s lives and hugely contributed to the formation of youth leagues that have given a lot of youth the opportunity to participate in organised and competitive sport.

19 boxers camped at OYDC ahead of African Championship

A total of 19 boxers are camped at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) ahead of the African Championship to be held in Congo Brazzaville from 27th May to 4th June, 2017.

Out of the 19 boxers, 12 are male while 7 are female. The boxers are camped together with 5 technical officials who will accompany them for the African Championship. The camp is supported by the Ministry of Sport Podium Performance Programme (PPP) which is meant to support performance athletes to mint medals for the country at a given competition local regional and international.

Pugilists who will perform better at the Championship will subsequently qualify for the 2017 AIBA world championship.
Zambia’s representative at the 2016 RIO Olympic Games Benny Muziyo, is among the boxers who are in camp.

The International Boxing Association- AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu, recently announced that 2017 is the year of Africa and AIBA has targeted OYDC as the Centre for capacity building of African coaches, boxers and officials.

AIBA in partnership with TaiShan Sports has in the last few years supported the development of boxing at the OYDC and the nation at large by contributing the state of the art boxing ring and boxing gloves.

Meanwhile, IET Bhaddal Technical Campus an Indian School on Sunday night 7th May, 2017 presented soft drinks to the boxers in camp to help them be reinvigorated after training sessions.

School deputy director for International Admissions and Marketing Pankaj Kajla, urged the boxers to be focused and ensure that they mint gold at the forthcoming championship.

Kajla, announced that his school is also willing to give 100% scholarship to Zambian boxers who would want to advance their studies in India.

Meanwhile, Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) President Kennedy Mubita, thanked IET Bhaddal Technical Campus for presenting the assorted drinks to his boxers.
He appealed to the corporate world to emulate the Indian school and consider supporting athletes in camp stating that this will be the only way to motivate boxers to concentrate on training and end up bringing medals back home.

Since inception, the OYDC has continued to house a number of athletes at its lodge as they prepare adequately for both local and international Games.

Health minister joins in aerobics sessions

Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya, took part in the aerobics sessions at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC). This is inline with the National Health Week being held at the Centre whose theme is “Promoting welllness for all”.

The National Health week was launched on Teusday 2 May, 2017 by president Edgar Lungu, who also took part in the health activities at the Centre.

President Lungu launches National Health week

President Edgar Lungu, was at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) on Tuesday 2 May, 2017 to launch the National Health Week whose theme is “Promoting Wellness for All”.

The president was accompanied by first lady Esther Lungu, cabinet ministers, state house officials, and PF party members.

During the launch the president took part in the health activities which include aerobics and running.

The president and his entourage was welcomed at the OYDC by Centre director Clement Chileshe.

Members of the public are invited to visit the OYDC until the 6 May, 2017 to access free health as services being offered by local health institutions for free.