All roads leads to Gaborone from the 22-31 May 2014 when Botswana hosts an estimated 54 African countries and 2 500 young athletes as they compete in 21 sporting codes.
This exciting sporting event is the 2nd edition of the African Youth Games for Athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 years, to prepare and/ or qualify for the Youth Olympics of the same year.
Taking the baton from Morocco, Botswana is proud host of the 2014 African Youth Games, dubbed Gaborone 2014.
With Gaborone 2014, Botswana will claim her place on the map as a destination of choice for sport, culture, education, youth development, business and leisure among others.
The Botswana African Youth Games Organising Committee (BAYGOC) has seen the need to start taking sport seriously as it can make a significant contribution to Botswana’s economic development and diversification through among other things, export of Athletes. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BAYGOC, Mr Serufho rightly said, “We are heavily reliant on diamonds, so this is a way of diversifying the economy through the event, and what a better way to do it but through sport.
He went on to say that Botswana’s bidding for the games was not purely for sporting reasons, but also as a way of exploring and taking advantage of other opportunities that the Games will present.
Serufho mentioned that the Games’ theme was ‘unleashing African stars’ which resonates the aim of the competition, as it will indeed unleash African talent.