ALMOST A MILLION VOTES IN SPORTS AWARDS
Minister of Sports Harries Bulunga pose with Sports Awards winners

ALMOST A MILLION VOTES IN SPORTS AWARDS

The 2nd edition of the Eswatini National Sports Awards held last Saturday at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha saw them record approximately 883 113 votes. This event, staged by the Eswatini National Sports and Recreation Council
(ENSRC) and Eswatini Olympic Common Wealth Association (EOCWA) in a bid to encourage excellent participation throughout sports, whether its individual or collective work, comes after the first edition which was hosted on November 2017 at the Royal Convention Centre in Ezulwini. The biggest winner on the day was recently crowned top boxer Zweli Dlamini, who was named the Sports Star of the year after getting 400 675 votes, which means that Zweli alone got 45% portion from the total votes accumulated on the day. ENSRC Chief Executive Officer Darius Dlomo when delivering his speech said the awards were a reward offering designed to celebrate the country’s outstanding athletes and other sports practitioners. “We are gathered here to pay tribute and homage to our heroes and heroines
that have chosen to embrace the life values intrinsic to sport. They have chosen to endure pain from injuries
and discomfort associated with vigorous hard training and preparations…” said Dlomo. The CEO made known their commitment to continuously celebrating the outstanding athletes and sports individuals, “To this end, we shall remain committed to hosting these awards periodically with or without money,” he said. The guest speaker on the day was Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries Bulunga, who started by thanking the Sports Council for
creating such a platform where the country’s very best were honored. Bulunga also thanked the sponsors and partners whom he said played a vital role in making sure this day came to pass. “Your commitment to developing sport in Eswatini is surely noticed and not in vain. We urge more companies to join in supporting the Sports Council, particularly in uplifting sports as a whole and in staging such awards. These awards serve as a motivation for athletes and officials to excel next time,” said Bulunga. The Minister then pointed out that Eswatini was still yet to achieve the status of professionalism in sport, hence the national recognition would propel athletes and officials to continuously give their best. He then challenged the various sporting associations to maintain consistency and professionalism in nominating their best athletes for particular periods. He said the continuity of these awards was rested upon ensuring that all athletes and officials had equal chances of being nominated. Bulunga said this could be achieved only if associations would draw up clear and fair guidelines for the nomination process, which should be transparent and communicated to all athletes so that everyone stayed on the same page.

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