Budget 2022-2023: Development and promotion of sports for a more resilient Mauritian population

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Budget 2022-2023: Development and promotion of sports for a more resilient Mauritian population
Budget 2022-2023: Development and promotion of sports for a more resilient Mauritian population

Africa-Press – Mauritius. In the Budget 2022-2023, ‘With the People, for the People’, the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Renganaden Padayachy, elaborated on measures for the development and promotion of sports at both community and professional levels with the overall objective of a more resilient population.

At the professional level, the Budget provides for the support to athletes who will be participating in various high-level events, namely: The Finance Minister also announced that Mauritius would bid to host the 2025 Africa and Asia Pacific Choir Games and the next Commonwealth Youth Games.

Moreover, sports federations will receive Rs 50 million to enable athletes to prepare for high level games while high-level professional athletes will get a special grant of Rs 15,000 for the purchase of sports equipment.

At community level, the Budget 2022-2023 has designated funds for the Mauritius Recreation Council to organise recreational activities at the Anse La Raie, Bel Ombre, Belle Mare, Flic-en-Flac and Pointe Jerome Outdoor Education and Recreation Centres.

In addition, the Beau Vallon Football Ground will be upgraded and a new recreational centre will be built at Alma. Promoting healthy youth development

Regarding young people, an amount of Rs 10 million will be allotted for Smart Youth Programmes, such as the National Youth Volunteer Scheme; the Duke of Edinburgh International Award; Zenes Montré to Talents; and the National Youth Civic Service.

In a bid for young people to enhance their creativity, desire to read and engage in sports, a Sports and Culture Voucher of Rs 500, the ‘Pass’Sport Culture’ will be handed out to youth aged between 15 and 25 years old for the purchase of books, musical and sports equipment, as well as arts and cultural activities.

Furthermore, eight Youth Centres at Bois Cheri, Baie du Tombeau, Residence Kennedy, Residence Malherbes, Roche Bois, Rose-Belle, Tamarin and Trèfles will be upgraded to the tune of Rs 55 million.

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