Two experts from the organisation were in Cameroon to supervise the selection process.
The rules for selection of candidates for the Francophonie Games have changed as the selection process is henceforth controlled directly from the headquarters of the organisation in Paris which dispatched experts across the globe to supervise the selection process at country level. Speaking in a press conference at the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education at the end of their mission to Cameroon, Twihirwa Aimable from Rwanda and Justine Ngaga from Cameroon said the rules were changed because the Francophonie wants quality. They said the pre-selected candidates will have to wait for the final approval from Paris on October 18.
The experts declared that during their stay in Cameroon, they realised Cameroon has enormous talents as Cameroon is the only country which will be fielding candidates in several disciplines. They said they pre-selected candidates in arts disciplines like dance, songs, rhymes, painting, cartooning, hip hop and sustainable development. They urged countries to prepare their candidates well for the competition as the level is going to be very high this time around. Also, countries should put in place strategies to follow up gold medallists in the Francophonie Games so as to enable them realise their dreams after the competition.
They said the upcoming Francophonie Games will be taking place in Cote d’Ivoire with over 4000 youths to take part. The Francophonie experts were in Cameroon for five days during which they held talks with officials of three ministries; the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education. Their mission was also supposed to take them to Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Chad. Another mission from the Francophonie will be visiting the country in the days ahead, this time to take charge of the sporting aspect of the Games. It would be recalled that during the last edition of the Francophonie Games, Cameroon won 17 medals notably in athletics and judo.