The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 says it will be restructuring its youth games programme by introducing qualification standards to ensure better performances of the region’s athletes at continental and global events.
The year 2016 saw AUSC Region 5 countries taking part at the Rio Olympics with only South Africa managing to bag medals after amassing 10 while other London 2012 games regional medallists Zimbabwe and Zambia failed to record any.
This lacklustre performance led the region to come up with tighter measures to promote better results.
AUSC Region 5 CEO, Stanley Mutoya says having numbers is not beneficial, adding it is time to concentrate on the quality through the use of sport science and adherence to global qualification standards.
Mutoya added regional countries must up their game as the block will beginning 2024 not accept countries taking part at the Olympics on universality.
The recently hosted Angola Youth Games saw 997 athletes taking part compared to 987 in the 2014 games hosted by Zimbabwe and in Zambia 2012.
Despite being touted as the most organised region in Africa, results have painted a different story as only South Africa has managed to produce top drawer performances at global events.