07 Mar 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) The 2019 African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Regional Sports Awards (Rasa), which are scheduled for 25 May in Windhoek, were officially launched in the capital on Thursday.
Speaking at the launch, AUSC Region 5 Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Mutoya said they are looking forward to the awards being held outside South Africa for the first time since their inception in 2016.
The awards epitomise our African heritage, our African identity and our African customs and traditions. The theme is Celebrating excellency and inspiring innovation, which resonates with the values of Rasa. We do not celebrate mediocrity, he said.
He added that Rasa provides a platform to showcase the best and most outstanding heroes and heroines of the region for their exploits in the previous year.
Mutoya added that each edition of the awards inspires communities and society by bringing a smile in one way or another, hence they seek inspirational projects that identify an act of charity which touches the heart and soul of society.
In 2018, the inspiration programme centred on the majestic Madiba influence who brought hope and solidarity to a bleeding world, sending messages of peace reconciliation and collectivism in Africa, he said.
Mutoya said this years inspirational programme focuses on refugees, who have been displaced from their homes due to unfortunate incidents.
Also speaking was Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni, who said Namibia is proud to host Rasa as the AUSC Region 5 has continuously demonstrated leadership in fundamental sport for development initiatives.
Namibia must therefore capitalise on promoting and celebrating Rasa as we are likely to benefit from the event through spill-over benefits associated with sports tourism. The positive value of sports as a tool for promoting human rights, encouraging peace and fostering mutual respect between people can play an important role in communities and society, he explained.
Ten awards will be up for grabs, with Namibia Annual Sports Awards Winners of 2018 automatically qualifying for nominations in the regional competition.
Also,10 countries are affiliated but only nine will participate in this years competition because Angola does not currently host any national awards.