Thursday December 14, 2017

South Sudan eyes Olympic and Commonwealth Games

South Sudanese disables in a game court (credit: Reuters)


MALAKAL -Four days after the much glamoured and colourful independence, South Sudan is roaring to take on the world’s well established nations on sports competitions like the London Olympic Games in 2012 and Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
But for a country which is just less than a week old, things don’t seem to be on schedule in terms of organisation, logistics and so on. Moreover, the continent’s newest nation is yet to be formally admitted to the International Olympic Committee as a member state.

According to IOC, to compete in the Olympic games, a nation has to be a member of the United Nations or be recognised by the world body before it becomes eligible to participate.
One IOC official also stipulated that the new nation has to form its own National Olympic Committee to oversee its sports activities or risk competing “under other colours”. An announcement by the UN General Assembly to officially recognise South Sudan as its newest member is expected tomorrow. Vice-president Dr Riek Machar is in New York to witness the event.

However, Commonwealth Games are to take place in 3 years. until then, the nation will have a body for sports organisational activities. in May this year, South Sudan applied for commonwealth membership at a Kuala Lumpur conference.
South Sudan was officially declared as an independent state last Saturday amid jubilation from hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese congregated at Dr John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.
most world leaders recognised the Africa’s newest state. The world’s newest nation marked its sports ambition on Sunday as a sovereign state with a 3-1 lost against Tusker FC of Kenya in an independence day soccer friendly match.

The Upper Nile Times

Philip Gual

An Upper Nile State correspondent for The Upper Nile Times. He currently resides in Malakal, Upper Nile State.

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