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MBABANE – After the first lap of her 800m beat yesterday in the ongoing AUSC Region V Under-20 Youth Games in Malawi, Eswatini athlete Luzuko Shongwe collapsed.

She dropped as she raced her way into finishing the first round of the race and had to be given immediate medical attention. She was quickly taken of the track and taken to a nearby local hospital. Meanwhile, sprinter Lihle Ginindza, who had earlier on made the country proud by qualifying to the finals after getting the second spot, later got the 8th position. Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA) Board Member Victor ‘Mavikane’ Dlamini said the competition was very tough.

“The competition has been very tough but we are very proud of our overall performance,” he said. Ginindza was among the winners in the 9th edition of the Region V Youth Games, which were staged in Lesotho, Maseru last year as he walked away with a bronze medal together with Bakhona Sikhondze.

Team Eswatini was on Tuesday hosted by the Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA) in a gala dinner for the team to appreciate their achievement in the games so far. Team Eswatini has scooped five gold medals through the five Taekwondo stars of the 11-member team of athletes from various disciplines. The dinner was graced by EOCGA President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa, Eswatini Sport and Recreation Council (ESRC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Darius Dlomo, EOCGA CEO Maxwell Jele and ESRC Chairman Celucolo ‘Dino’ Dlamini.

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