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Zambia Hosts Successful 6th Edition of RASA Awards Celebrating Sports Excellence

In a vibrant celebration of athleticism and achievement, Zambia proudly hosted the 6th Edition of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) on Saturday, May 25th, 2024. 

The event, held at the prestigious Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, bore the theme “Celebrating Sports Excellence and Innovation,” embodying the spirit of sporting prowess and forward-thinking.

Graced by the esteemed presence of Zambia’s Republican Vice President, Her Honour Mrs. W.K Mutale Nalumango, the event was a testament to the nation’s commitment to honoring outstanding contributions to sports within the AUSC Region 5’s ten member countries. 

Notably, the occasion coincided with the AUSC Region 5’s twenty-fifth Silver Jubilee anniversary, celebrated under the theme “Celebrating Excellence, Inspiring Innovation,” alongside African Freedom Day.

With over 70 delegates from the region in attendance, the 2024 RASA awards ceremony showcased the exceptional talents and achievements of sports personalities across various disciplines. 

Among the distinguished winners was Zambia’s own Virginia Chilongo, who clinched the coveted Sports Journalist of the Year award, adding to the nation’s accolades.

However, it was Botswana’s sprinting sensation, LETSILE TEBOGO, who emerged as the night’s biggest winner, clinching two prestigious awards: Junior Male Sportsman of the Year and Sports Person of the Year, underscoring his remarkable athletic prowess and dedication.

The South African Rugby team, affectionately known as the Springboks, reigned supreme, securing the Team of the Year award, while their illustrious captain, SIYA KOLISI, earned the distinguished title of Sportsman of the Year, a testament to their remarkable triumph at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The event also honored individuals who have significantly contributed to the development of sports in the region, with special recognition bestowed upon 25 deserving recipients, including the late Dennis Liwewe of Zambia, whose legacy continues to inspire.

Zambia showcased its talent with four nominees in various categories, including Nayombe Muliyunda for Coach of the Year, Virginia Chilongo for Sports Journalist of the Year, Beauty Nakazwe for Sports Woman of the Year, and the young drafts grandmaster William Chinzewe for Junior Sportsman of the Year.

RASA, a cornerstone of the Regional Rewards Programme, aims to motivate member states, sports confederations, teams, and individual athletes by recognizing meritorious service and outstanding achievements in sports. 

The 6th Edition of RASA stands as a testament to the power of sports in fostering unity, excellence, and innovation across the AUSC Region 5.

The event concluded with a renewed sense of inspiration and determination, as athletes and sports enthusiasts alike look forward to the continued celebration of sporting excellence in the years to come.

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