The National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) says Zambia will participate in the 2011 All Africa Games slated for Mozambique despite pulling out of hosting the event earlier in the year.
ZANIS reports the organisation’s acting Secretary General Margaret Mukopa says Zambia has advanced preparations the 2011 Maputo games.
Major. Mukopa said the NCSZ Talent Identification Programme (TIP) is on going as it is the only way the association can identify capable sports men and women to bring glory to the country.
She expressed her optimism that all NSCZ affiliate members will increase preparations and short list for the event.
The Acting Secretary General said all sports bodies have been given the privilege of coming up with the best list of people so as to ensure every group gets the proper representation.
The sports council embarked on the TIP in October 2008 soon after Zambia won the bid to host the 2011 All Africa Games.
The aim of the TIP was to ensure that sports bodies select the best people that will represent the country at this event and that the programe is still on course.
Zambia however announced its withdrawal from the 2011 All Africa Games citing the global economic meltdown that has had a great impact especially on the country’s major foreign income earner – copper.