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South Sudan steps up efforts for 2020 Olympic Games

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June 23, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan has developed a three-year strategic plan to develop its sports infrastructure and nature young talents ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games due to take place in Tokyo, Japan.

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Olympic marathon runner from South Sudan. Guor Marial, August 2012 (AFP/Getty)

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the President of the South Sudan National Olympic Committee, Juma Stephen Lugga said the war-torn is on a mission to improve the Rio 2016 Olympic performance.

Three athletes represented South Sudan at the Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

"Sports have no boundary. It is a catalyst to unite our youth at this crucial time in our history. We are looking forward to engage our youth in all Olympic gatherings," he said in the capital, Juba.

As part of the three-year plan, Lugga said, the Olympic body intends to construct an Olympic village to identify young athletes and build their capacities in preparation for future athletic competitions.

South Sudan marked Olympic Day Celebrations by raising the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flag in Juba on Saturday.

The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer said Olympic games provides a unique opportunity for the people of South Sudan to come together, end their differences and rebuild their country after years of civil war.

The world’s youngest nation became the 206th member of the IOC in August 2015.

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  • 24 June 09:06, by jubaone

    SS gearing up for 2020 olympics? That is real joke. A country that had no sporting infrastructure, poor organization and inefficient management, corrupt officials, hungry sportsmen/women whose hungry bodies can’t stand enormous stresses, financial bankrupt economy....in the end the SSOC will be hijacked by a jienge once funds start flowing in. All that is crap and unrealistic.

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    • 24 June 12:27, by Kuch

      Didn’t they took these *UN & NGOs WORLD government experiment idiots and fools* go and run in *Brazil a few years ago*? With even, a woman who didn’t know how to run. But she *allowed to go & ran on behave of South Sudan* because she was considered to be from *Malaysia and that she her image was used in South Sudan*?!!!. Fellows, we are way well ahead of our enemies>>>

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      • 24 June 12:36, by Kuch

        but our enemies have step on the wrong people’s feet. The Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan to be precise, are back. We don’t like white Americans, their evil juus, cloned arabs of North Sudan, gulf Arab states’ paymasters and some of their creepy allies in between. In our country & even over our people. Has anyone, ever seen a Dinka/Monyjieng marrying a *juus/jew*, English woman, a Bantus (Bantus)>>

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    • 24 June 16:41, by Kuch

      Jubaone,
      What are you going to do idiot? South Sudan football, has ben given to ’our Equatorians, Fertits, Nuers and other South Sudanese people to show their their sporting prowess’ in sporting. But as we far as we are concerned, this was done in order to *spell out the idea that the Dinkas/Monyjiengs want to control everything in South Sudan*>>>

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      • 24 June 16:46, by Kuch

        But as always, our South Sudan football team is always bloody nosed by Uganda & other African countries. And if those boys were to be Dinkas/Monyjiengs who don’t go and win games, then a lot of lowly Equatorians, Fertits, our Nuers and some of our South Sudanese would have always scream to the top of their evil lungs that the Dinkas/Jiengs are destroying our country>>>

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        • 24 June 16:55, by Kuch

          Even during our war genuine war of independence from our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, our SPLM/A always had their superior sporting team. Other army divisions always used to play sport with other army divisions or battalions with other battalions when there were hiatuses (some little bit of rest)>>>

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          • 24 June 17:03, by Kuch

            Mr. Jubaone,
            In Dinka/Monyjieng countries, is where the people, with a lot height are from----basketball would be the first sport in South Sudan to bring a ’GOLD’ into our country Mr. Jubaone chap. Probably, our women beauty & and intelligence. We are here Mr. Jubaone idiot.

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      • 24 June 19:14, by jubaone

        Kuch aka koryom2
        Stupid analogy. You don’t give football ? to specific people, it’s done on merits worthless jienge. If jienges represented SS on merits, I’d have no qualms. If jienges represented the SS politically I’d have no problems. But jienges without conscience, merits ate so brazen that they want everything. Stupid. Even fools want to be ministers and doctors.

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  • 24 June 15:55, by dinkdong

    Should step up efforts for peace

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