The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Zone VI Regional Safe and Inclusive Sport Seminar, hosted by the National Olympic Committee of Zambia, was officially opened on the evening of the 23rd of May 2024.

ANOCA Zone VI President Alfred Foloko welcomed the dignitaries present at the opening ceremony, including Dr. Decius Chipande, Head of the Africa Union Sports Council, who was accompanied by AUSC Region 5 CEO Stanley Mutoya, TAFISA Vice President for Africa Keenese Neoyame Katisenge, Africa Zone VI RADO Chairman Dr. Nicholas Munyonga, and Botswana Sports Commission CEO Tuelo D. Serufho.

Also in attendance were ANOCA Zone VI Secretary General Joan Smit, Drug Enforcement Commission Director of Educational Services Gilbert Sinyani, and NOCZ CEO Boniface Kambikambi. The seminar, which has attracted participants from 10 countries across Southern Africa has representatives from the ESwatini NOC in Maxwell Jele, who is the Chief Executive Officer and board member Victor Dlamini as the safe guarding officer.

During the opening ceremony, Dr. Decius Chipande officially opened the seminar and stressed the importance of the safe and inclusive sports agenda. He emphasized that this agenda plays a central role in the development of sport on the continent and aims to create an equitable and fair environment in all aspects of life, including sports. Dr. Chipande acknowledged the collaboration and commendable work being done by ANOCA Zone VI, as well as the success the region has achieved in terms of safe and inclusive sports. He also expressed his hope that the work being done by ANOCA Zone VI in this area could be expanded to other regions, highlighting the collaboration between the Olympic Movement in the Southern Africa Region and the AUSC Region 5.

The seminar will continue until Saturday, May 25th, 2024.