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Lakes state athletic team win Wau schools cup

By Manyang Mayom

August 19, 2010 (RUMBEK) - Lakes state athletic team has won the Western Bahr El Ghazal state inter-school competition in Wau.

Rumbek residents were woken early on Monday when the sports teams marched to the governors’ office holding the cup.

The Lakes state governor publically congratulated the boys and girls for winning the gold award at a reception held in their honor.

Speaking at the reception of Lakes State Governor Chol Tong Mayay said, “I am proud of you sport team of Rumbek athletic for your wonderful well done job.”

He told the crowd that he hoped the government would, “pay serious attention to support sporting activities here in Lakes state.”

“I will do all my best to support sports activities and this is off course the sign that Rumbek is recovering from wrong stages into good image stages which is signaling peace through sporting activities is achieve today,” said Chol.

Governor Chol said that this was a “sign that Rumbek is recovering from suppression”.

This is the first time Lakes state has won the athletics cup since the north-south peace deal was signed in 2005.

Lakes state Gender & Human Right Affairs advisor, Adak Costa Mapuor, emphasized the importance of the achievement especially for the girls.

Adak said that women needed to be given a larger role in peace mediation to reconcile communities that are experiencing conflict.

He also said that the Sudanese culture suppresses women and that parliament should legislate against such discrimination.

(ST)