South Sudan

South Sudan To Host 2021 East Africa Community Military Games In August.

SSNOC President, Eng. Juma Stephen Lugga (center) receives delegation from Ministry of Defence (Photo: SSNOC Media)

Sports department in the Ministry of Defence meets National Olympics Committee to discuss the upcoming East African Games scheduled for August, 2021.

The South Sudan National Olympics Committee (SSNOC) President, Eng. Juma Stephen Lugga confirmed their meeting to on Friday 27th March, 2020.

Eng. Juma received a letter from the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Defence informing SSNOC about the formed committee tasked to prepare the Ministry ahead of the Games to be hosted in Juba City.

In statement to, Eng. Juma said that the East Africa Military Games’ flag was already handed to South Sudan in 2019.

The flag which was handed here in Juba is to symbolize the hosting right of the regional Sports and Culture competitions.

Eng. Stephen revealed that the Olympic Committee will also be writing writing to all the sports associations in the country and convene a meeting with their head to salvage a work plan and frame work ahead of the August 2021 EAC games. this will be the first time the newly admitted EAC nation into the regional body to be hosting this lucrative military games.

The yet to be formed committee will be comprised of technical body which will be inspecting and identifying the infrastructures which will be used during the event, the infrastructures includes Hotels, sports facilities and other areas.

The Juba Stadium and Buluk Playing ground which are currently under going modern development will likely be some of the facilities to be used in August 2021, Nimara Talata Basketball and Volleyball ground will likely be upgraded and host the basketball and volleyball games respectively.

The Military Games will consist of Football, Athletics, Volleyball and Basketball and South Sudan will have teams in the respective competitions.

The president and Commander-in- Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces H.E Uhuru Kenyatta presents the best overall trophy to team Captain Lt Josiane Tebero from Rwanda. With him is the chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe (Photo: File)

The EAC Military Games and Culture Event is organized within the EAC Framework for cooperation in Defence and in accordance with article 125 of the Treaty and article 2 of the Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs which include Military Training, Joint Operations, Visits and Exchange of Information.

The Gmaes were initiated and are supposed to take place among EAC Partner States on a rotational basis. The 1st Edition of the event took place in 2005 and was hosted by the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces in Kamapla, Uganda.

In that inaugural edition, the Armed Forces from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda participated in six disciplines including Football, Handball (Men), Netball, Cross-Country, Basketball and Boxing.

Rwandan Defence Force were crowned the best overall Champions in the last edition hosted last year in Nairobi, Kenya.

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