2022 OYDC Sporting Season Launched
Young talented athletes were on 5th March in a state of jubilation as the OYDC Zambia – Sports Development Centre launched the 2022 sporting season.
Over 280 athletes from basketball, hockey and beach volleyball turned up to witness the launch which was graced by National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) president Alfred Foloko.
During the launch OYDC Zambia Chief Executive Officer Dr Fredrick Chitangala disclosed that management is amused with the discipline and dedication athletes have when it comes to training and competition.
He added that this year’s sporting season will be interesting adding that more sporting activities will be conducted such as the WWF Zambia sponsored were sport will be used to educate the masses on wildlife.
Dr Chitangala, paid gratitude to other sponsors such as PEPFAR and Coen Teulings, Chairman of the Merifin Capital in Belgium for the immense support to OYDC programmes were a number of athletes have testified of benefiting in health, educational sessions, Olympic values, academies and most importantly participation of a number of sports events.
Meanwhile, National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) president Alfred Foloko said the committee remains resolute to use OYDC to development sport in the country by producing inspirational youth Olympic heroes.
Foloko further said to successfully implement this noble cause all sports federations in Zambia should work together by supporting OYDC through its programmes and see that more athletes are nurtured so that they mint medals at both regional and international competitions.
OYDC currently runs a youthful competition dubbed Teulings/OYDC Youth Sports Challenge which has eleven sports disciplines and engages young talented boys and girls below the ages of seventeen.
The competition which has become a household name remains one of the biggest youthful league and many sports federations use it to identify athletes who are selected to play for various local clubs and national teams.
The launch was witnessed by NOCZ Secretary General Boniface Kambikambi, NOCZ Athletes Commission Chairperson Richard Mulenga, representatives of different sports associations among others.