The South African Embassy in collaboration with Kuwait Cricket, the official governing body of Cricket in the State of Kuwait, will host the 2015 Nelson Mandela Cricket Tournament for youth development. The event will feature young cricketers from various schools in Kuwait and will take place the whole day on 5 December 2015 at the Sulaibiya Cricket Ground.
The Nelson Mandela Cup aims at celebrating and honouring the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela, in line with the objectives of the Nelson Mandela International Day and in accordance with the United Nations resolutions. It is also held in tribute to His Highness, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, for his recognition by the United Nations as a Global Humanitarian Leader.
Nelson Mandela is considered one of the world’s most significant moral and principled leaders. He was instrumental in moving South Africa towards democratic rule and he is internationally revered as an icon in the fight for justice, human rights, racial equality, national reconciliation and nation building. In order to preserve his visionary and humanitarian legacy, South Africans and the international community celebrate Nelson Mandela Day every year aimed at service delivery and promotion of social justice.
Sports has played an important role in the history of South Africa. The international sports sanctions to isolate the apartheid regime and the utilisation of sports by Nelson Mandela to bring about national reconciliation and social cohesion in South Africa’s democratic transition remain important milestones in the country’s history.
As cricket is one of the fastest developing sports in Kuwait, the Mandela Cricket Cup will also serve as an inspiration to the upcoming young cricketers and contribute further to the development of cricket amongst Kuwaiti youth. Prominent local companies will be invited to inspire the youth and to display their products through exhibition booths.
School/Club teams interested to participate in the Nelson Mandela Cup should contact the coordinator of Youth Development of Kuwait Cricket, Murali Kutticode at 99542107 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.