The 2023 OR Tambo Soncini Games, a celebration of youth sportsmanship, recently took place in Johannesburg from October 28 to 29, with the host city, Johannesburg, emerging as the overall winner. The opening ceremony, officiated by Cllr Lubabalo Magwentshu, MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, and Mayor Nico Giberti of Reggio Emilia, Italy, in collaboration with the Gauteng Sports Confederation, highlighted the spirit of international cooperation, talent discovery, community bonding, and friendship.
This inclusive youth sports event, featuring participants under 17 from Gauteng municipalities, aimed to identify emerging talents for national teams as reported by Joburg Newsroom. Aphele Bengu, a determined athlete from the Hope School of Disability, touched hearts with his performance, expressing his ambition to win. His exceptional performance could earn him a spot on the Gauteng Team travelling to Italy as part of an exchange program.
These games resulted from the Pact of Solidarity between the Gauteng Provincial Government and the Province of Reggio Emilia in Italy. This partnership, inspired by leaders like Oliver Reginald Tambo and Giuseppe Soncini, encompasses collaboration in various fields, including social, economic, technology, and water projects.
Beyond medals, the games serve as a crucial tool for social and economic development, demonstrating the enduring friendship and international solidarity envisaged by great leaders through sports.
Exceptional athletes like Ben Nkadimeng, a dedicated basketball player from Pimville, Soweto, played a significant role in Team Joburg’s victory, concluding the games on a high note.
The 2023 OR Tambo Soncini Games transcended mere sporting competition, symbolising the potential of young athletes, the strength of global cooperation, and the unifying power of sports, just as envisioned by visionary leaders.
Among the spectators, supportive parents like Kabelo Zondo witnessed their children’s progress in various sports, echoing the dreams and aspirations of many families in the stands.
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