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10th Edition of Children of Africa Soccer Tournament

Dominique Ouattara launches the competition in 55 localities of the country
Dominique Ouattara launches the competition in 55 localities of the country
Dominique Ouattara launches the competition in 55 localities of the country

Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, President of Children Of Africa Foundation gave the top start of the 10th edition of the soccer tournament with the Cup bearing her name. The launching ceremony of this sports competition for children from 7 to 15 years, took place on Thursday, July 27th, 2017, at the headquarters of Children Of Africa Foundation in Cocody, in the presence of François Albert Amichia, Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr. Sidi Tiémoko Touré, Minister of Youth Promotion, Youth Employment and Civic Service, mayors and representatives of localities who will host the football tournament in a few days.

Initiator of this tournament since 2008, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara recalled the objective aimed at its creation. "It was in 2008 in the municipality of Abobo that the football tournament of Children Of Africa Foundation was initiated, in order to allow our dear children to be cheered up during the holidays, she explains. Faced with the enthusiasm aroused by this tournament, the president of Children Of Africa decided to extend it to other localities. In addition to the desire to make healthy holidays for children, the football tournament initiated by Mrs. Dominique Ouattara aims at other virtues. For the initiator of this sports competition for children, in addition to fostering team spirit among children, this tournament aims to encourage them to practice sport regularly. "It is necessary to recall, regular sports practice is healthy for health, but is also a factor of socialization in children as in adults," explained Mrs. Ouattara. In addition, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara has expressed the wish that this tournament is a factor of healthy gathering around the children.

 

Mr. Albert François Amichia, Minister of Sports and Recreation, emphasized that this competition reveals Mrs. Dominique Ouattara's interest in the well-being of children. According to the first sports official in Côte d'Ivoire, the organization of this competition offers children every year the opportunity to live and share healthy values. Moreover, he goes further in his analysis by pointing out that the practice of sport will allow children to move away from deflecting and anti-social behavior. He ended by praising the practice of sport. He expressed the hope that this tournament will take into account other sports from now on in order to allow the development of sports that are abusively called minors.

Mr. Bamba Sindou, Mayor of Sarala and spokesperson of the elected representatives expressed the recognition of his pairs to the initiator of the tournament. He thanked Mrs. Dominique Ouattara for making the children dream through this sporting event.

Young Kouaho Koffi Ariel, a 5th grade student at the Lycée Moderne in Cocody-Angré, thanked Mrs. Dominique Ouattara for her commitment to helping toddlers through her charitable activities.

For this 2017 edition, the winning team will receive the "Dominique Ouattara" Cup and an envelope of 200,000 CFA francs, as well as gifts for all finalists, top scorers and best goalkeepers.