Youth Games torch relay commences

BULAWAYO - The torch and mascot for the Sixth African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five Youth Games begins it nationwide tour today to raise awareness for the event.

Zimbabwe hosts the biannual Games in Bulawayo from December 4 to 14 with government pouring in close to $20 million to finance the refurbishment of faculties.

Dave Simba, the marketing and publicity chairperson of the Local Organising Committee, said the torch and the mascot will tour all the country’s 10 provinces.

The relay will start today in Bindura in Mashonaland Central thereafter the event  will go to Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West, Harare, Mashonaland East, Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands.

From there the mascot and torch will move to Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North before it reaches its final destination, Bulawayo.

In Bulawayo, the torch relay will start at Bulawayo Reigate District then move to Imbizo District, Khami District, Mzilikazi District and Bulawayo Central District.

“In each province, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs is set to be Patron of the Ceremony and will receive the torch on behalf of the Province and read the President’s Speech to the stakeholders,” said Simba.

“Each Province is set to choose six athletes to be torch bearers on the day. The team should be comprised of male and females with those leaving with a disability also encouraged to participate.”

Meanwhile, the Games LOC toured all the venues and the facilities to be used for the event yesterday to check up of the progress that has been done so far.

The LOC was supposed to hand over the venues to the AUSC but there are still some delays and it looks like the handover will have to be done at a later date.

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