Youth games deserve support

HARARE - Today Mutare hosts the Zimbabwe National Youth Games which are scheduled to run for a week in the eastern border city.

The games are being held at a time companies in the city and indeed elsewhere, are reeling from the country’s toxic economy which has continued to tank.

In the midst of this, Mbada Diamonds, one of the diamond mining firms operating in Chiadzwa, Manicaland province, has rescued the Local Organising Committee (Loc) by purchasing food to be consumed by the athletes for the duration of the games.

Mbada Diamonds has not been spared by the vagaries of this economy and to commit resources to help Loc host this seven-day national sporting jamboree, is a good gesture which deserves respect not only by the beneficiaries, but by general sporting organisations.

Mbada has retrenched many workers just like any other company in the country but still squeezed their pockets for a national cause, something which must be emulated by all.

It is common knowledge that most companies streamline their budgets to focus on core activities in difficult times and the prevailing climate has seen complete withdrawal of support or limited investment into sports by corporates.

And they cannot be blamed for that.

In the case of the Loc, at one time it appeared athletes were going to starve at the games as it was struggling to raise funds to provide food for close to 3 500 participants converging in the Eastern Highlands town starting today until August 23.

With the coming on board of Mbada Diamonds, it leaves the Loc with fewer burdens to ensure the games are a successful event.

Mbada Diamonds donated five beats, 100 litres of cooking oil, 25 tonnes of maize meal and 200 packets of potatoes.

The mining company has been one of the all-weather friends for local sport notwithstanding the harsh economic climate and despite being forced to shelve its hugely-popular football knockout tournament — the Mbada Diamonds Cup — which involved all the Premier Soccer League clubs.

By jumping to the National Youth Games’ rescue at the 11th hour, the firm has demonstrated that it takes development of athletes seriously and remains part of the sporting community.

One can only hope that the future stars participating in Mutare during the games, will display the right spirit synonymous with those that invest in them emotionally and materially.

Comments (1)

Run the games every two years not annually. Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and NASH should own and run the games with technical support from Sport Ministry, SRC, ZOC and Sports Aassociations

Elias Musangeya - 21 August 2015

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