GABORONE - Botswana African Youth Games Organising Committee chairman, Ms Regina Sikalesele-Vaka has thanked all stakeholders who played a role in making the second Africa Youth Games held in Gaborone a success. She thanked them during a dinner she hosted for all the local and external stakeholders at the Gaborone International Convention Center on Tuesday evening.She said that Gaborone was privileged to have been given the mandate to host the games. She said her committee had very short time to prepare and organize the games but managed to pull it off within limited time. The BAYGOC chairman said she was only able to thank stakeholders midway of the games because for the few days that the games had started, they have been small running with the support of all that were involved. She said she looked forward to the remaining days of the games to continue on such a successful note.
Ms Sikalesele-Vaka also said without support of external experts from ANOCA, IOC, USOC and other international bodies as well as from sponsors, the event would not have come this far. As such, she offered special thanks to ANOCA President, Lt. General Lassana Palenfo, Mr. Dragomir Cioroslan and Mr HillCarrow of USOC and Mr Diamil Faye among others. Again, she commended all those who participated in organising the hosting of the games, saying “they did so without any pay or expecting any pay.” She also thanked all volunteers noting that without their input the African Youth Games, dubbed Gaborone2014, would not be a success.
ANOCA President, Lt Gen. Palenfo applauded Botswana and thanked the country for hosting successful second Africa Youth Games. He was impressed with what the country has put together to host the games including the state of art sports facilities. He explained that when Botswana submitted her bid to host the games after the first Africa Youth Games hosted in Morocco four years ago, his organisation had no doubt that the country had the potential and capability to host the Africa Youth Games. He said that when his committee visited Botswana to tour the sport facilities, they were impressed with what they saw. He noted that so far the games have been going on well and thanked the President of Botswana Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama and his government for supporting the initiative and playing significant role in making the games a success. He said the African Youth Games are meant to unearth young African talent, serve as a foundation to unite African youth, among other things.