Meeting moved to new date

2017-04-19 06:01

The three-day international conference of the United Nations on Sports for Development and Peace has been rescheduled to a new date in May. It will be from 9 to 12 May at the Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein. This international event was set to be held from 24-26 April.

Nancy de Sousa, president of the Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), said the postponement was because some of the stakeholders had engagement in other international sports matters.

“The postponement is also because of drama with visas,” said De Sousa.

The conference will be co-hosted by the Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the Global Sports Federation, a body accredited by the United Nations to host the Sports for Development and Peace Conference.

A first for the Free State capital, the conference is said to be also the first of its kind for the African continent. It will see representatives of different sporting codes converging on the City of Roses to share and make inputs on the development of sport as an important tool for human development and peace, as well as a unifier.

De Sousa said the main outcome of the conference would be a massive sports project for Bloemfontein, the construction of a new Sports University.

It will cater to a wide range of sporting codes, from rugby, soccer, netball and hockey to different forms of cricket, drum majorettes, gymnastics, weightlifting and chess.

De Sousa said the specific activities of this international conference would be discussions on how to build the Sports University project, how to utilize green energy to its fullest, as well as utilizing grey water.

She said the United Nations planned to build the Sports University in Bloemfontein.

Parties interested in participating in this three-day international conference can contact De Sousa on 051-522-1710 or 084-442-2663 or Eleni Papangelis on 071-725-0014. People are urged to phone during working hours.

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