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Dept. Sports Minister positive about YCS 2 implementa

June 22, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Deputy Minister of Sports, Ishmael Al Sankoh-Conteh, is confident that Sierra Leone will implement the resolution from the just concluded second ordinary session of the Specialised Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sports (STC-YCS2).

According to the deputy minister, several issues relating to renewed impetus for the implementation of the African Youth Charter, towards Youth Development and Empowerment in Africa, improvement emerging from the 12 Edition of African Games in Congo Brazzaville, activities by African Union Sport Development Council Regions, the promotion and advocating on the use of sport games to teach school subjects and the WADA-Africa activities, were all amongst the huge topics deliberated on.

Al Sankoh-Conteh said: “Amongst the resolutions deliberated on and expected to be implemented by member states are the revitalisation of netball game to get more women involvement, the All African Games should be a qualifying series to the Olympic Games for Africa nations, government should prioritise and increase funding of sports, introduction and populraisation of street football.

“We will study the recommendation as a government and I believe we will adopt most of these recommendations.”

Also, key recommendations were doping in sport endorsement, Sports on Women empowerment and Leadership promotion, while Equatorial Guinea was endorsed as the host country for the 2019 African Games.

Hosted at the African Union (AU) Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa by the AU Department of Social Affairs, Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST), the STC-YCS2 attracted member states – through their respective Ministries of Youth Sports and Culture, Youth Organizations, and others.

The STC-YCS2 also provided a common platform for Ministers of Youth, Culture and Sport and Senior Officials to review progress on the implementation of decisions of the STC-YCS1 and deliberate on the theme of the conference: ‘African Year of Human Rights: Promoting Ethics and Cultural Diversity as an Essential Right for the People of Africa’ as well as on specific issues pertaining to the three sectors.

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