GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
Athletes from five African countries have
converged in Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city, to
take part in the 2018 Confederation of School Sport Association
of Southern Africa (COSSASA) athletics championships, which
started on Monday.
The five countries
being Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe will
participate in the 2-day annual event previously held in
Zimbabwe. This is the third time Botswana hosted the games,
first in 2014 and again in 2016.
Speaking at the
official opening of the games, Botswana’s Acting Minister of
Basic Education, Thato Kwerepe said sport was important because
it cemented and consolidated friendships.
He said sport
brought peace and stability to regions, hence COSSASA games were
aimed at promoting such.
“That is why in
sport we are just one family,” he stated.
Kwerepe said the
Ministry of Basic Education was committed to sport development
and supporting events such as COSSASA games proved government’s
resolve to developing sport.
He said sport was
important in promoting discipline, reducing drug abuse and
helping reduce school dropout problem.
Johnson Madhaku thanked member states for their continued
support to the association and encouraged participants to make
good use of the opportunity.
Francistown mayor Sylvia Muzila said the main objective of the
games was to groom future stars as well as maintain peace,
stability, friendship, happiness and togetherness among athletes
from member states.
The games are viewed
as a stepping stone for future regional and international sports
South Africa could
not attend due to logistic challenges.