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29 August 2019 | Sports
Meynard Moyo; President of Region 5 Darts Federation; “... activities for juniors at country level are generally low…”
The opening ceremony of the 7th Bi-Annual African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Darts Federation organised youth championship took place on Wednesday.
The tournament commenced with a parade accompanied by the Navy Brass Band and teams of the participating nations Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and hosts Namibia marching from the Narraville Community Hall to De Duine Secondary School, where the championship is taking place.
Junior girls and boys u/16 and u/18 teams are competing.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the president of the AUSC Region 5 Darts Federation, Meynard Moyo said that although the sport has seen an upsurge in numbers over the years, more championships need to be organized in the region for the youth.
“Activities for juniors at country level are generally low. Apart from this tournament, there are no invitational tournaments or even club championships that are being conducted.”
Moyo added that as a result of low regional activities very few darts players turns professional or have gone on to play in other more competitive leagues elsewhere in the world.
"This situation cannot be left to exist if we are serious about the development of the game in the region.”
He urged the players to desist from conduct that may tarnish the image of the game and to display the principles of fair play at all times.
Namibia became the host of the AUSC Region 5 Darts Federation championship after Eswatini pulled out as hosts due to challenges beyond their control.