While on a visit to Mozambique on 11 May 2017, IOC President, Thomas Bach, paid a visit to the Olympafrica Centre in Boane, which gives access to its sports and recreational facilities to thousands of children of the region. It is one of the 44 centres spread across Africa, and apart from sports related opportunities, it also provides health services and school equipment to over 2000 kids. The Boane centre also provides employment to the local community through an enterprise that sews and sells school uniforms. The IOC President met with school children on that occasion, and even played football with some kids. The centre has basketball courts, football fields and athletics tracks. At the end of his visit, Thomas Bach asserted that he was profoundly touched. He said he was equally very impressed by what he saw at the hospital, in the classrooms, in the sewing workshop and on the playgrounds. He concluded that it has always been fascinating to see how sport transforms people.
Thomas Bach was accompanied by IOC member, Sam Ramsamy, the President of NOC Mozambique, Marcelino Macome, the Mayor of Boane and the Governor of the Region.
The International Olympic Committee recently awarded its “Women and Sport” Trophy for Africa to Lide Anne Ouoba Zoma (Burkina Faso), for her contribution to sport development in her country, especially sports practice by girls.
Senegal hosted a regional workshop on 25 October 2017 on how to protect integrity in sport and address the new form of criminality involving the manipulation of competitions and other threats to integrity in sport.