GIS - 09 July, 2018: A gathering of young athletes, in view to enhance team-building for the forthcoming African Youth Games (AYG), was held on 07 July 2018 at the Eighty Eight Restaurant in Bagatelle. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, the President of Club Maurice, Mr Giandev Moteea, and other personalities were present on the occasion.
This initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Mauritius Olympic Committee and Club Maurice brought together athletes who will be in Algeria from 14 to 30 July 2018 for the AYG. A défilé of the sporting equipment and outfits was held on the occasion.
In his address to the young athletes, Minister Toussaint highlighted that this gathering serves as an ideal platform for the youngsters to put themselves in optimal conditions with the objective of performing at their best and fetch gold medals for the country. During their stay in Algeria, athletes will have the opportunity to learn about new cultures as well as create new links with their peers and counterparts, he added.
The Minister recalled the commitment of the Ministry to cater to the needs of these athletes while underlining that a sum of 3.7 million has been disbursed for the participation of the youngsters at the Games. He underscored that by performing in sporting competitions such as Commission de la Jeunesse et des Sports de l'Océan Indien Games which was recently held in Djibouti and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, athletes are being prepared for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.
In a bid to boost their confidence level, Minister Toussaint encouraged the young athletes to perform in a spirit of lame dan lame at the sporting event as well as aim for the highest and thus make Mauritius proud of their achievements.
For his part, the President of Club Maurice, Mr Giandev Moteea, expressed his gratitude to the sponsors and lauded their strong commitment in supporting Club Maurice to achieve its set objectives. He urged the athletes to demonstrate fair play and show respect to opponents. All athletes should display a sense of discipline, dignity and responsibility at the Games and overcome all challenges so as to succeed, he highlighted.
African Youth Games
This international multi-sport event is held every four years. At its third edition, 55 young athletes aged between 14 to 18 will be representing Mauritius in 17 disciplines. The AYG contributes as a trial run for the Olympic Games. The Games will also feature an education and cultural programme, which seeks to promote the arts and culture of the host country and Africa as a whole.
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