POSTED: November 25th 2011

Oscar Pistorius and Laureus team up with International Inspiration outreach in Tanzania

Oscar Pistorius is an example of how one can use sport to reinforce self esteem / Sala Lewis Laureus
Oscar Pistorius is an example of how one can use sport to reinforce self esteem / Sala Lewis Laureus

Blade Runner was a great inspiration to the young people / Sala Lewis Laureus
Blade Runner was a great inspiration to the young people / Sala Lewis Laureus

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA:  Widely known as ‘Blade Runner’ South African athlete and Laureus Ambassador, Oscar Pistorius, traveled to Tanzania to support the International Inspiration worldwide legacy programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He met with Dioniz Malinzi, Chairman of the National Sports Council for Tanzania, at the Inspiration project in Arusha, that is being supported by Laureus and is focusing on outreach for engaging young people through mentoring, sports activities and life skills education.

An amputee paralympian, Pistorius, has been the first to win a non-disabled World Championship track medal, as a member of the South African silver medal winning 4 x 400 meters relay team recently in Daegu.

He noted, “Sport can make a difference to everyone’s lives at all levels. It can give purpose and direction. It certainly did for me when I found myself in challenging circumstances and I am sure it can be of massive benefit to young people in Tanzania.

“It’s great that Laureus is supporting the work of London 2012 and International Inspiration and I am delighted to be in Arusha to do what I can to show my backing for this great idea.”

Malinzi added, “With Laureus and International Inspiration we have young people coming together in collaboration to play sports with other people. Now, these young people instead or getting into drugs, are coming here to play.”

The event took place at the Arusha stadium and included exhibitions of International Inspiration activities in Tanzania plus athletics for young people, women’s football and volleyball competitions.

Tanzania currently is battling numerous social problems including the high rate of mortality in the youth due to HIV/AIDS and malaria. There is also worrying drop-out rates in schools, where many children spend as little as five years in the classroom resulting in the risk of developing into a low-skilled, low-income environment.

Recently the Tanzanian Government has been promoting PE and sports activities in the schools and has launched a national sport strategy. They are also looking to train teachers, provide facilities and resources for sport in schools and the community and strengthen leadership, coaching and administration in sports governing bodies and clubs.

International Inspiration Tanzania, supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, will initially be targeting on the cities of Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mwaza and Sangea.

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