FVP tells athletes to prepare for 2020 Olympics
FVP Taban Deng Gai shakes hand with the basketball official during Manut Bol anniversary tournament (photo by Woja Emmanuel Wani):
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai has advised the youth and all athletes in the country to prepare for the international Olympic Games which will take place in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
The First Vice President was Speaking on Tuesday during the opening of the 8th anniversary of the late Manut Bol Tournament final between Nimra Talata and Cobra Basketball clubs where Nimra Talata were crowned champions of the tournament.
FVP Taban said that since South Sudan decided to participate in the Olympic Games all the athletes should start early preparations to compete well and raise the name of the nation.
“We have decided to participate in 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo Japan and for the Republic of South Sudan to participate we need to start from yesterday not today. That means we have to start to compete in the region and our talented young athletes will have to come and participate in Tokyo,” Taban said on Tuesday.
Taban added that the government was ready to support the athletes in their preparation for the Olympic Games.
He urged the youth to start preparing from their states in order to discover talents from their bomas, payams and counties.
“Discover those who can be developed to represent the Republic of South Sudan in various fields and therefore the government will support you in doing so,” he said.
The First Vice President noted that South Sudan has been naturally given the talent for all kind of games based on the height and strengths they have.
He said the youth should use the talents God gave them to produce “a lot more Manut Bols” to raise the bar in all segments of sports in the country.
Meanwhile the Chairperson of the National Basketball Association Mr. Nichola Nyuol Makur Bol said that he was impressed by the performance of the basketballers adding that it showed enough talent for the athletes to compete in Tokyo.
Bol believes that it was the right time to test the skills of the youth who can prove that they are worthy at taking it to the international level.
“We have already got the talent that can represent our country with no doubt and I am so proud of them. I believe they will do their best and make us happy so I am calling the government and everyone to support these talents God has given to us,” Bol added.
Clement Lino the team captain of Cobra Club congratulated their opponents for the victory adding that they will all work for the journey to Tokyo for the Olympics.
Lino however appealed for team work between all the athletes in preparation of the international games in 2020.
Willima Anthony Gordon who is aspiring to become one of the best female athletes to represent the country in Tokyo said that the opportunity is a proving point for them to exercise their talents.
She called for equal opportunities for both boys and girls in the upcoming international sports event that will bring the whole world together.
“We are trying our best because we girls also want to be part of the Tokyo event, so I am asking for equal involvement and for all of us to be part of that trip,” Willima said.