National Youth Games preps on course

BULAWAYO – Preparations for this year’s edition of the National Youth Games to be held in Bulawayo next month have gathered momentum with work on infrastructure to be used during the showcase already in progress.

The Local Organising Committee (Loc) on Tuesday held a ground-breaking ceremony at Luveve High School to mark the start of construction and renovation of facilities to be used during the 11th edition of the games that will be held from August 17 to 25.

The school will be used to host handball games and Zinara has undertaken to revamp the strip of road that links the school to the main road.

Two new handball courts will be constructed at the school which is one of the top handball playing schools in the country.

Renovation work is also in progress in other centres that will host other sporting disciplines across the breadth of the city.

Speaking at a media briefing last week, the Southern Region Sports and Recreation Commission manager, Isaiah Mpofu said a lot of ground work has been covered in preparation for the games.

“A lot of work is being done and we have already secured accommodation for all the athletes and officials who will take part in this year’s games at various institutions in the city,” Mpofu said.

“We have also mobilised medical service providers and have secured Mpilo and UBH as referral centres in case of serious injuries.

“There are also a number of partners that have shown a keen interest in providing us with medical supplies.”

The Loc is currently in the process of registering volunteers to assist during the games that will be returning to the City of Kings where they were first held more than a decade ago.

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