Africa Union Sports Council, AUSC Region 2, will today begin the first edition of the Young Leaders in Sports Seminar in Abuja.
The seminar will run from today to Saturday, October 26, 2019, as one participant from the 15 member countries in the West Africa region are expected to participate in the three days events.
The Interim Head of Africa Union Sport Council in Cameroun and the leader of the facilitator team, Lina Kessy, said the purpose of the workshop was to give African youths in the West Africa region leadership direction in sports.
Kessy, who noted that the youths in the continent generally are not given their rightful place in sports leadership and administration?
“Our objective is to build young leaders capacity in Africa sports. We all know that in many of sports institutions in Africa, it is very rare to find young people among the administrators or decision makers”.
“We are expecting to have up to 25 participants. That means we are expecting one participant each from all the 15 member countries of AUSC Region 2. We are also expecting to see more participants from Nigeria as they are hosting the workshop.
“The workshop will last for four days but it will be very intensive and leaner-centred. We expect that participants who are going to attend must be young leaders in sports working with various sports institutions be it the ministry of sports, the national Olympic committee or attached to sports associations in the region.
“If you ask them why such situation, they will tell you that young ones lack capacity and are not trained. So for us, our intention is to make sure that we give young leaders the opportunity to showcase and participate in the development of sports in their countries.
“We all know that sports is mainly participated in by young people but at the same time, they are not leading at all. So we want their voice to be heard, we want them to be represented. We want them to contribute in building sports in their countries,” she said.