THE national sports awards organizing committee has raised K200, 000 from the K500, 000 budget to host the prestigious 2019 awards ceremony set for January 24, at the Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka.

A total of 14 awards are up for grabs at the event expected to be graced by Republican Vice-President Inonge Wina.

Speaking during the launch of the 2019 National Sports Awards at Government Complex yesterday, Minister of Sport Emmanuel Mulenga appealed to individuals and the corporate world for financial and material support to make the event a success. In a speech read for him by the ministry Permanent Secretary Joe Kapembwa, Mulenga said the 2019 awards will be held under the theme, “Celebrating Excellence”.

“The hosting of the National Sports Awards requires a lot of resources. The organising committee has a budget of K500, 000 towards the success of this prestigious event,”

“So far, the committee has raised K200, 000 in cash and has received pledges both in form of cash and material support,” he said.

The support received so far include K30,000 from Zambia National Service, Zambia Air Force with K50,000, Atlas Mara K15,000, material and financial pledged of K50,000 by TopStar, raffle air tickets by Air Rwanda and Zambia Breweries will provide beverages .

Atlas Mara Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications Eric Ngondo reaffirmed the bank’s commitment towards sport development in Zambia.

The awards categories are: Young Sportsman of the Year, Young Sportswoman of the Year, Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year, Differently Abled Sportswoman of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Team of the Year.

Others are Coach of the Year Male, Coach of the Year Female, Journalist of the Year Print, Journalist of the Year Electronic, Sport Administrator of the Year, President’s Awards and Medal of Honour.

The nominees are expected to be unveiled a week before the event.

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