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The first multi-sport centre of this kind opened in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2010. It welcomes an average of 10,000 youngsters, who practise sport on a regular basis and participate in cultural, educational and social development programmes at the Centre. In 2014, at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG), one of these young Zambian athletes struck gold, winning the 100m sprint. On 18 March 2016, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, visited the Centre.
Built at a cost of USD 15.6 million, the Centre is now managed by the Sport Development Trust Zambia, which values its contribution to social change and human development.