THE International Olympic Committee IOC has promised to invest in
churches as part of their bid to use sports as a tool for
This was revealed by the IOC development director Thomas Sithole,
while closing a two-day workshop on sports and AIDS in Kampala.
The workshop attracted participants from the East and Southern
Africa under their umbrella body Church United against HIV/AIDS
in Eastern and South Africa (CUAHA).
CUAHA brings together churches from the main stream religions to
the Pentecostals in the region.
"We have identified you as partners in saving the sportsmen's
lives and also working together in developing sports. We promise
to give you the necessary push to make this venture a success,"
Sithole had earlier told the churches that the Olympic Solidarity
wanted to work with them to foster sports development because
they both use youths, who are being targeted by the epidemic.
He said by using the power of sports, the world can be made a
better place to live in since it has the power to unite and
educate masses without any divisions.
"That is why Olympic Games have the viewers of more than 4.5bn,"