- 30 December, 2016:
The introduction into the National Assembly of the Sports Bill is a major achievement geared towards revamping of the sports sector in Mauritius.
The objective is to facilitate the promotion of sustainable sports development through better management of sports organisations.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, made this statement yesterday at a press conference held in Port Louis to outline the various achievements of his Ministry for the year 2016. He recalled the on-going major works in view of the 10th edition of Indian Ocean Island Games, which will be held in Mauritius in 2019. He also elaborated on the forthcoming plans for the coming year.
In view of transforming the country into a sports hub, key sports infrastructure projects comprising of renovations at the Phoenix gymnasium and other stadiums have been realised. Amongst other projects the Minister stated that Rs 1,9 billion has been donated by the People’s Republic of China to fund the construction of l’Institut National du Sport in St-Pierre.
Mr Sawmynaden further underlined the government’s effort to promote sports among the population by investing massively to set ready major sports events such as : CANA Zone 4 ,Rugby World Club 10s ,Thomas & Uber Cup ,COSAFA U17 et UFFOI U15 ,CROISA and 2nd Jeux Nationaux Handisport .
As for 2017, the Minister announced the participation of the country in an array of major sports events including ,Jeux de la Francophonie ,Youth Commonwealth Games ,Afro-Basket U17 ,COSAFA U20 ,Haltérophilie – Championnat d’Afrique Senior, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu African Championship , African Judo Open amongst others.
With regard to the promotion of football, the Minister pointed out that Government has collaborated with the Montpellier Hérault Football Club to set up a local football Academy at the François Blaquart Centre. This partnership will allow local athletes to gain foreign exposure and expert training, which in turn will contribute to revamping football in the country, he said.
The Minister recalled that various activities have been organised with a view to get the active participation of the youth so as to harness the chances of talented youths. On that score, cash prizes amounting to Rs10 M have been disbursed to reward athletes for their participation aimed at bolstering participation and reinforcing their commitment.
He further underlined Government’s proactive role in ensuring that athletes are adequately prepared to have a professional career. Around 50 scholarships and professional training have been made available to athletes.
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