Parliament adopts new legislation to boost sports activities in Togo

Friday, 07 May 2021 14:26
Parliament adopts new legislation to boost sports activities in Togo

(Togo First) - A new legislative framework was adopted in Togo to boost the practice of physical activities. Last Tuesday, the parliament passed a bill setting new rules for organizing, developing, and promoting these activities.

The new regulation, which has 67 articles, is “an updated version of the 2011 charter which became fully obsolete given the country’s new ambitions.” Among other changes, it introduces three major innovations: the transfer of the supervision of the teaching of physical education and sports (PSE) to the ministries responsible for national education, the final attachment of the National Institute of Youth and Sports (INJS) to the University of Lome, and the creation of two new federations (respectively for school sports and university sports), replacing the old federation (FETOSSU) which included both. 

In addition, the new legislation also emphasizes professionalization, gives special attention to amateur sports, and promotes sports for all, especially in the workplace and for people with disabilities.  

The introduction of these innovations is driven by the commitment to make sports a lever for inclusion and socio-economic development in Togo,” explained the Minister of Sports, Dr. Commander Lidi Bessi-Kama during the vote in Parliament. 

For the official, the adoption of this new tool must “mark a new beginning,” “allow the Togolese youth to write new pages” of national sports, and make the “Togolese sportsmen and women more competitive” to “provide intense moments of communion and joy to sports fans.”

Octave Bruce

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