The African Union Region V has lined up programmes for the year with regional awards, a marathon and youth games topping the list.

The regional sport awards that enter its third year will take place on the 26th of next month in South Africa with revelations that 12 categories will be up for grabs.

All of the 12 countries in the region are eligible to forward nominees save for Angola and Mozambique who are yet to have their own national awards, which are a prerequisite to enter.

AUSC Region V chief executive officer, Stanley Mutoya, indicated that all is now set for the hosting of the annual event that celebrates the best achievers from the region.

“We have two levels of voting. The first voting level is when we have got our regional confederations and our commissions and committees who will be voting for the top three. Then our journalists in all the 8 participating countries will then do the voting for the winners out of the top three,” he said.

Another major highlight is the youth games set for Gaborone, Botswana from the 9th to the 16th of December where about 1 400 athletes are expected to take part.

While the hosts are said to be at an advanced stage in terms of preparations, final entries by name from each country have now been done with two chef de missions’ meetings also conducted.

“It’s looking quite hectic this year. We have added a new sport code of volleyball which is going to bring in both the males and females. That is keeping everybody on their toes,”Mutoya added.

The annual regional marathon slated for June 4 is set to be a major draw-card while the new strategic plan is expected to usher in the slant of commercialisation of sport to ensure maximum benefit to stakeholders.