Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) Director Clement Chileshe has disclosed that over 10,000 athletes have been engaged in the 2016 Samsung Youth Sport Challenge.
Chileshe stated that the Samsung Youth Sport Challenge included both trainings and competitions.
He said over 106 athletes were selected to play for the national teams in different sports.
He added that out of the 10,000 athletes who were involved, a total of 6,000 athletes were screened by health staff during league competitions hosted at the centre.
Chileshe said this in a press statement issued to ZANIS by OYDC Communications Officer Noah Silomba.
He was speaking during the Samsung youth sport challenge grand finale held at the centre yesterday.
Chileshe noted that the challenge was successful but regretted the low numbers of female participation.
He stated that the centre will target to enrol more girls in future.
He has since appealed to parents to motivate their children to join any of the 18 sport discipline at the centre.
Some of the sports disciplines at the centre are handball, boxing, taekwondo, table tennis and badminton.
And Mubanga Kunda, a table tennis player who represented Samsung Youth Support Challenge athletes, expressed gratitude that the league has helped many athletes get exposed and gain identification to participate in regional and international competition.
Kunda revealed that the athletes have been receiving trainings in olympic values, HIV/AIDS and free health checks such as dental, eye, nose and throat checks.
The Samsung Youth Sport Challenge grand finale was attended by representatives from different sports federations, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officials and the Zambia Police Child Protection Unit officials.