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East Africa Cup officially launched

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East Africa Cup officially launched

The opening ceremony of the East Africa Cup recently took place on 21 June, signifying the start of one of the most important tournaments in the field of sport for development which is bringing together more than 1,300 participants from eight different countries.

Mr. Kisuu, the Headmaster of the Moshi Technical School was one of the first speakers to address the mass of players, organisation associates, journalists, and referees who were present in Tanzania for this key event. He explained the educational value of the tournament to each and every individual who is participating in Africa's biggest youth tournament, which involves teams from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Southern Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and host nation Tanzania.

Bjarte Oen, Chairperson of the EAC Executive Committee, chose to put much of the focus of his address on South Sudan, Burundi and Zimbabwe, who are participating in the EAC for the first time. However he told all listeners that "the EAC is more than about winning, it is really an experience of a lifetime".

Svein Olsen, representative from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), who are one of four partner organisations to the EAC, related the reasons why the tournament is so special by suggesting that, "the EAC is about three things: we build knowledge, we build friendship, and we build solidarity". Mr Olsen then gave a special welcome to South Sudan, who not only are a new edition to the East Africa Cup, but are also soon to officially become a new country.

Leonardo Tadayo, Director of the Ministry of Sport and Culture, emphasised the efforts made to promote female participation in the EAC by suggesting that the tournament is "using sport as an entry point to address issues faced by girls and young women in Eastern Africa, and around the globe. The EAC aims to promote women’s empowerment through sport, and all coaches have the responsibility to build their leadership skills".

Through the various workshops, support structures, and collaborative opportunities provided by the EAC, all present are sure to benefit. However the EAC is not just about the tournament itself which is scheduled to finish on the 25 June. The skills and lessons learned will be built upon and taken back to each individual's respective regions. In this way 'One week in Moshi, is a whole year in the community'.

For more information, visit the sportanddev.org section dedicated entirely to the East Africa Cup.

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Tom Browne

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 15:30

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