Games to change face of Byo

BULAWAYO - The Sixth African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Youth Games will change the face of Bulawayo, according to an AUSC official.

Speaking after a tour of the facilities to be used for the games, AUSC secretary-general Mvuzo Mbebe said he was impressed with the renovations being done at all the venues. The games are set to be held in the City of Kings from between December 5 to 14.

“We have seen quite a lot of improvement compared to what we thought we will see today,” said the South African, who was the Chairman of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Local Organising Committee.

“I’m quite impressed and would like to thank the honourable minister (Andrew Langa) and the Senior minister (Simon Khaya Moyo) for the effort they have done. I also want to thank all the committees that are involved. I’m quite impressed by the work being done on the infrastructure.

“When we said Bulawayo will not be the same, I did not understand what I was saying, but now I understand. I now understand that Bulawayo will not be the same after the games.”

Mbebe said he was impressed with the infrastructure he has seen during the tour.

“From what I have seen so far I am comfortable Zimbabwe are going to host the games. The infrastructure I have seen is of international standards,” he said.

“I have no doubt the environment will be conducive and indeed the games will leave a legacy. I’m very comfortable with the progress. Of course there can be a delay of one week or so but that won’t affect us.

“We know when you build multi-sporting facilities of this nature you are bound to be behind schedule. Even Brazil was doing last minute touches until the official opening ceremony of the World Cup.”

Mbebe, was visiting Zimbabwe for the third time this year, together with members of the Games LOC were able to tour White City Stadium, Barbourfields Stadium and the Bulawayo Municipality Swimming Pool.

Zimbabwe has been given a deadline of up until the end of this month to complete all the renovations at the venues while AUSC officials will conduct tests to ensure they are fit to stage the games.

The official torch lighting and mascot unveiling ceremony for the games was held at President Robert Mugabe’s residence last week.

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