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OYDC MADE NO LOSSES -‘SUCCESSFUL YEAR’ CHEERS OYDC CHIEF CHITANGALA

By MICHAEL MIYOBA

OYDC Chief Executive Officer Frederick Chitangala says the Youth Sports Development Centre made no losses despite having been affected by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And Chitangala said the Teulings games which will see the best athletes being rewarded with medals during the grand finale set for December 4 has played a big role in developing talent in the ten years it has been hosted as the most consistent externally funded youth sports programme in the country.

In an interview, Chitangala said OYDC made more profit this year compared to last year when it had to close several times because of the pandemic.

Chitangala said the centre registered profits in the second and third quarters and was confident the fourth quarter would be more successful in terms of business.

He said the centre recorded a profit because it avoided certain activities it had planned because of the anticipated reduced business due to Covid-19.

Despite having recorded profit, Chitangala said they could have done better though it had to work with very minimal staff in terms of key strategic departments like programmes department where it had two people while the marketing department had one person.

Meanwhile, Chitangala said the Teulings/OYDC Youth Sports Challenge have played a key role to mentor athletes who are representing the country at the highest level in different sporting disciplines.

He said preparations for the Teulings grand finale which will recognise the best performers and the media with awards, are on course.

The Teulings/OYDC Youth Sports Challenge which engages talented young people below the age of 17 years has been running since 2011 and is supported by Coen Teulings Chairman of the Merifin Capital in Belgium.

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