GIS – 27 October, 2017: A series of activities are being organised for youth in the context of ‘Special vacances’ and this year, the first National Gaming Competition will be launched, announced the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, during a press conference in Port Louis on 25 October 2017.
The activities which started on 13 October 2017 will end on 23 December 2017 with a Sports Week on the theme ‘Youth say No to Drugs’. The Minister highlighted that some 112 activities have been scheduled by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Mauritius Sports Council, comprising organised camping, snooker, hiking, treasure hunts, street football, mountaineering, initiation to baseball and talent shows, among others.
Speaking about the National Gaming Competition, Minister Toussaint underscored that the game chosen is FIFA 2018 on PlayStation 4 and that players will have to choose between two teams. Participants, he underlined, must be aged between 12 and 35 years and a team will constitute of four members (two players, one spare and one coach). He pointed out that at least one member of the team must be of the opposite sex.
The Minister emphasised that all players will be provided with gaming pads and that the preliminary rounds will be held at regional level. The winning teams at regional level will then represent their respective regions for the final which will take place at Caudan Waterfront on 18 November 2017. A cash prize of Rs 20 000 will be awarded to the winning team while the runner up will receive a prize of Rs 15 000.
After the press conference, a Special Cash Prize Ceremony – ‘Prix de l’effort et d’encouragement’ was held during which the Minister handed over a shield and a cheque to each of the 18 athletes who excelled in their respective fields during the year 2017.
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