Teams battle it out

2016-08-17 06:00
THE team of the United Rovers Netball Club from the Pixley ka Seme District is the winner of the 2016 Inkosi Albert Luthuli Games. With the team and representatives are Renault Blaauw (left), manager: sports and club development at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and Sampie Koopman (right), chairperson of the sports council in ZF Mgcawu.  Photos: Supplied

THE team of the United Rovers Netball Club from the Pixley ka Seme District is the winner of the 2016 Inkosi Albert Luthuli Games. With the team and representatives are Renault Blaauw (left), manager: sports and club development at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and Sampie Koopman (right), chairperson of the sports council in ZF Mgcawu. Photos: Supplied

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THE Robert Gunda Stadium in Pabalello, Upington, was a hive of activity over the weekend of 5, 6 and 7 August as the third Inkosi Albert Luthuli Games were held.

The games, hosted by the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), teamed up with the Netball Federation of South Africa (NFSA), as well as the South African Football Association (Safa).

This tournament, held under the theme A child in sport is a child out of courts, started on Friday, 5 August, with the opening ceremony introducing what the Inkosi Albert Luthuli sports stars were to expect over the weekend.

Football, netball and basketball teams from all five districts of the Northern Cape spent the days battling it out on the sports fields for the number one spot.

According to Salga, the games limited to only three sporting codes would be expanded in future.

“The celebration will definitely be expanded to encompass more codes and sufficient funding will be sourced to ensure a bigger tournament,” said Thotoane Sale, the marketing and communication officer at Salga.

Basketball players had their share of fun, as they had a fairplay to socialise, rather than to compete for positions.

According to the key partners, the games will definitely be an annual event in which all municipalities can bid to host the tournament.

The objective for the upcoming fourth Inkosi Albert Luthuli Games, and future ones, is to grow bigger and better.

They highlighted a need for municipalities to include this initiative as a flagship project in their integrated development plans, as hosting municipalities would benefit from the socio-economic spin-offs this event carries.

“As for the athletes and the teams, the biggest wish is to get them to be recognised by sports federations.

“Winners of the next tournament will represent the province at national level,” Sale said.

Winning teams and participants were awarded with trophies, medals and sports equipment.

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