SPORTS minister Vincent Mwale has called on national chess organisations to network so that Africa can become a major force on the global stage.
Speaking at Golden Bridge Hotel in Lusaka when he opened the 2015 African Youth Chess Championship on Saturday, Mwale encouraged chess federations on the continent to network and provide an engaging climate.
Addressing nearly 250 chess players who are in the country to take part in a five-day tournament, Mwale said the event was a building block for future champions on the continent as well as African ambassadors. “We encourage a networking process with other federations gathered here so that Africa can become a major source on global chess stage. Amongst the close to 250 participants gathered here, we have the building blocks of future champions of our continent and African ambassadors in the chess world. We are hopeful that this championship will provide the ultimate competitive test for young players in Africa,” Mwale said. He earlier officiated at a ceremony where National Sports Council of Zambia chairperson Mwamba Kalenga was conferred with a honorary professorship degree in sports administration by South Africa-based Emmanuel Christian University.
At the event held at Olympic Youth Development Centre, Mwale said Kalenga deserved the award as he was the longest serving and passionate sports administrator. “It’s not easy to run sports without support but Mr Kalenga showed that it is possible with commitment and dedication, including the strong values of good governance, which he has always stood for,” said Mwale.
- Oliver Chisenga